Thu, Jun 19 -
All purchases are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014
Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents saxophone funk master, Maceo Parker, for four nights and six shows! Band members are Maceo Parker (sax/flute/vocals), Dennis Rollins (trombone), Will Boulware (keys), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass), Marcus Parker (drums), Martha High (vocals) and Corey Parker (vocals).
“Parker talks with his sax, chatters away without a seeming care. It’s a musical antidepressant, an antidote to dark days. ....firmed my belief that the world would be a better place if we all funked together.” – San Diego Reader
While James Brown is generally credited with redefining and re-energizing R&B and soul music in the 1960s, turning that revolutionary vision into a reality would not have been possible without the help of his creative collaborator, stage foil and right-hand man, saxophonist Maceo Parker. Like no other sax player before him, Parker stretched the potential of his instrument to unprecedented limits, exhibiting an uncanny ability to alternate the saxophone from a melodic instrument to a percussive one, and then back again, in the span of just a couple of beats, often less.
"-amazing...Parker has more stamina than God...will bring out the sweatiest in you and even the bar-leaner types generally have to be on horse Quaaludes to stand still..." -Fairfield Chronicle
Four decades later, after recurring stints with Brown and funk titans George Clinton and Bootsy Collins in the ‘70s, and a solo career that has propelled him through the ‘80s and ‘90s, Parker’s skills are just as tight and precise as they were during those highly charged early days, and his creative audacity is equally undiminished.
Without question, Parker’s body of work over the past four decades stands on its own merits, yet he sees the music as part of an even greater message. “At all my concerts, I try to say ‘love’ as many times as I can,” he says. “I think if we all use that word as much as we possibly can, the idea will flourish, and all that other negative stuff will diminish. So I’m definitely going to do what I think is my part by just showing the spirit of love throughout the world as much as I can.”
Steve Tyrell -
Wed, Jun 29 - Sun, Jul 3
Songs of Sinatra
“The warm and fuzzy baritone of Steve Tyrell can always be counted on to add the right romantic touch to an evening of songs.” International Review of Music
Greg Adams and East Bay SoulTue, Jul 5 - Thu, Jul 7
Greg Adams is the driving force behind East Bay Soul. The expansive ensemble is a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul, playing for over forty years.
Boney JamesFri, Jul 8 - Sun, Jul 10
"The relaxed charisma of Mr. James’ tone is one reason his approach works.... another reason is his sturdy sense of phrase. Like Grover Washington, Jr., a pioneer in this field, he sounds at ease but alert, and he’s capable of striking an imploring tone without an overdose of saccharine.” - New York Times