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Maceo Parker
Funk Legend

Maceo Parker

Dec 28 - Dec 30
Miner Auditorium

Please note: Dance floor is General Admission standing room only. If you would prefer seats, please select a different level for this show.

Countdown the end of 2017 with the king of the funky saxophone and one of the primary architects of modern R&B, Maceo Parker. He spent the first half of his career in the service of funk’s founding fathers, and in his second act as a bandleader, the unrelentingly soulful saxophonist/vocalist has ascended into the funk firmament in his own right, leading a righteously grooving outfit that plays with ecstatic precision and ferocious drive.

The altoist made his mark as an essential voice in the powerhouse horns backing James Brown, contributing classic funk solos on some of the Godfather’s iconic hits. He went on to join George Clinton’s moveable funk feast in Parliament/Funkadelic during the ensemble’s most creative era. He was part of the James Brown offshoot JB Horns led by fellow Brown alum Fred Wesley and saxophonist Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, and has contributed to albums and tours with artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keith Richards, Dave Matthews Band and most extensively, Prince. Since the early 1990s, Parker has been spreading gospel of groove, a dedicated entertainer who believes in funk’s power to transform and heal.

Opening the show will be Bay Area blues legend Sugar Pie DeSanto. Recording for Chess Records, duets with Etta James, and a two-year stint as the opening act for James Brown put DeSanto on a star-making trajectory, and she’s never looked back. She’s written over 100 songs that have been performed by the likes of Little Minnie Riperton and Fontella Bass.

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The funk legend brings his super-powered band back to SFJAZZ for an explosive New Year’s week celebration as we party our way into the new year.

Personnel

Maceo Parker saxophone
Greg Boyer  trombone
Will Boulware  keys
Bruno Speight  guitar
Rodney "Skeet" Curtis bass
Pete MacLean  drums
Darliene Parker  vocals

Opening Act

Sugar Pie DeSanto vocals

Personnel

Maceo Parker saxophone
Greg Boyer  trombone
Will Boulware  keys
Bruno Speight  guitar
Rodney "Skeet" Curtis bass
Pete MacLean  drums
Darliene Parker  vocals

Opening Act

Sugar Pie DeSanto vocals

A consummate entertainer whose band shares his single-minded mission to get audiences on their feet and leave them moved and grooved.

San Francisco Chronicle

A consummate entertainer whose band shares his single-minded mission to get audiences on their feet and leave them moved and grooved.

San Francisco Chronicle

Watch & Listen

Maceo Parker

Off the Hook

Maceo Parker

To Be or Not to Be

Maceo Parker

Off the Hook

Maceo Parker

To Be or Not to Be