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Maceo Parker with the Corey Parker Band


Getting his start as the saxophonist in James Brown's band, Maceo Parker pioneered a new sound that uniquely weaves together jazz, funk and soul. Parker's solos can be heard on Brown's most recognizable works, including "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "Sex Machine," and "I Feel Good." He would go on to play with George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic and then front Maceo and the Macks, and Maceo Parker and the Horny Horns. In the early 1990s, Parker went solo, recording highly praised albums, such as Roots Revisited, Life on Planet Groove and 2000's Dial M-A-C-E-O. The highly respected musician's progressive sound has been sought after for collaborations with Prince, Ani DiFranco and Dave Matthews. The Kinston, N.C. native will be gracing the stage of Duke University's Page Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 31. Do not miss this unbelievable performer, who is known for his three-hour-plus shows. The Corey Parker Band will be opening, featuring, as you might have guessed, the son of Maceo, who resides in Raleigh. The show starts at 8 p.m., admission is from $14-20 for general public, $9-15 for students.

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