Maceo Parker photo by Ines Kaiser
The funk and soul saxophone titan, a James Brown mainstay in the 1960s and a pillar of Parliament-Funkadelic’s power in the 1970s, continues to amaze with his flawlessly tight band. Opening the night is the high-energy gospel collective that has electrified churches and festivals for two decades with joyful, soulful praise songs. (Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.)
Best known for his work with James Brown throughout the 1960s, and with Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s, alto saxophonist Maceo Parker is one of those singular figures who have developed to virtually define an entire genre. Tonight the funky mentor brings his new band and legendary talent to The Moore Theatre, with an opening performance by The Jones Family Singers.
Born to a musical family in North Carolina, Parker and his brother joined James Brown’s band in 1964, with which he played on and off through 1975 when he joined George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. Parker rejoined James Brown in the mid-1980s before embarking on a solo career in the 1990s.
A member of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame since 2011, he has also performed with De La Soul, Prince, Dave Matthews Band, and more. In 2012, Parker received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Victoires Du Jazz in Paris, and earlier this year he was honored with The North Carolina Heritage Award.
The Jones Family Singers, subjects of the feature documentary The Jones Family Will Make A Way, consists of five sisters, two brothers, and their father. The group has been impressing at churches and festivals for over 20 years. In 2014, Rolling Stone named them one of SXSW’s 25 must-see acts. That same year, they releasedThe Spirit Speaks, which was recorded at Jim Eno’s Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, TX, to analog tape.