Maceo Parker, the Godfather of Soul's right hand man

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    Dec 12
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    Dec 14
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Maceo Parker has recorded with such diverse acts as Ani DiFranco, Prince, De La Soul, Jane's Addiction, Keith Richards, Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, and George Clinton with his various incarnations of Funkadelic and Parliament. He's toured the country for years with his own bands. But the Kinston, North Carolina native made his mark laying down the funky sax for James Brown in his miraculous backing band, The J.B.s.

!n 1962, Maceo and his brother Melvin were in school at the A & T College in Greensboro. When the Godfather of Soul wandered in for some late night food and saw Melvin playing drums, he told him, "If there's ever a time when you're not a student and you want a job with me, you got it, automatically." A year and a half later, both he, and Maceo, did just that. Maceo would become the lynch-pin of the J.B.s for the best part of two decades. His signature sax sound helping define James' brand of funk with hits like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" & "I feel Good". James Brown's exhortation: "Maceo, I want you to Blow!" passed into the lexicon.

Releasing two successful solo albums Roots Revisited (10 weeks at the top of Billboard's Jazz Charts in 1990) and Mo' Roots (1991), Maceo's third solo release, Life on Planet Groove, ignited his career as a solo artist for a college-aged audiences with his own brand of "2% Jazz, 98% Funky Stuff," often touring 250 dates a year, bringing his top notch, killer band and 3-hour shows to the masses.