Maceo Parker to host CD Release & 75th Birthday Celebration at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley August 16-19

Maceo Parker – CD RELEASE and 75th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The Pacific Jazz Institute welcomes funky sax man Maceo Parker for four nights and six shows touring in support of his new release and 75th Birthday! Band members are Maceo Parker (Band leader/saxophone/flute/vocals), Greg Boyer (trombone), Will Boulware (keys), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney “Skeet” Curtis (bass), Pete MacLean (drums) and Darliene Parker (vocals). Show times are Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday–Saturday.

Few musicians have made as much an impact to their genre as Maceo Parker has to FUNK music. Alongside James Brown with the JB’s and Bootsy Collins with Parliament, Maceo was fundamental in the development of the genre in the ‘60s and ‘70s. With a couple dozen albums recorded in just that time frame, many artists of a lesser caliber would call that enough, but not for Maceo who’s currently touring in support of his new release It’s All About Love while also celebrating his 75th Birthday!

Maceo’s most recent recordings have put paired him with the WDR Big Band and the collaboration continues with a new studio album It’s All About Love with beautifully arranged songs by Michael Abene- all of which feature love in the title.

“I feel like we can’t say the word enough”, he says speaking of the new project, “we all could use a little more love in the world, and so I wanted to just have album which encompasses that”.

The selection is a broad range of songs from “Love The One You’re With” to the funky “Put Your Lovin’ in the Layaway”.

For this project Maceo recruited drummer Cora Coleman and bassist Carroll Dashiel who bring a solid groove to the music which of course also features the soloists from the WDR BB.

The album is- as all Maceo’s recordings are- a joyful experience well served as always by the arrangements of Michael Abene. It is a fitting album to celebrate Maceo’s 75th birthday and the longevity and importance of his role in musical history.

Tracks:

  1. Who´s Making Love
  2. I´m In Love
  3. Gonna Put Your Lovin’ In The Lay Away
  4. Love The One You´re With
  5. Love Won´t Let Me Wait
  6. Isn´t She Lovely
  7. I Love You A Bushel And A Peck

Whenever this sax-master is in town, it’ll be guaranteed that everyone around is “gonna have a funky good time.” In the famous words of James Brown, “Maceo, won’t you blow!”


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