Maceo Parker Brings the Funk to Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Ines Kaiser

Maceo Parker

The audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center is going to have to loosen a few buttons on the weekend of November 13-14, because funk jazz legend Maceo Parker is coming to town for shows at the Allen Room. Parker, who is probably best known for his stint with James Brown, will be making his first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. According to a press release received from that organization, “he will be playing and singing music he recorded with James Brown and classic R&B tunes from his recent salute to Ray Charles.”

On his recent CD Roots and Grooves, Parker paid tribute to his long tenure with both Brown and Charles with a collaboration with the WDR Big Band and Orchestra. Some fans may have been surprised that Parker could sing so well, very much in the mode of the Genius of Soul. In a profile in the March 2008 issue of JazzTimes, Parker told writer Bill Meredith: “I’ve always sang. I have fun doing it, especially live. Once I started, I discovered that my natural voice was close to Ray’s.”

Shows are at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM and will be held at The Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St. in NYC. Tickets at $55 and $65 are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 or via the Jazz at Lincoln Center web site.