Maceo Parker, presented by Mutual of America
It's fairly common knowledge that Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk. He got his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as “like being at University.” He then jumped aboard the Mothership with George Clinton and he still tours with Prince. He's the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread.
It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. The lynch-pin of the James Brown enclave for the best part of two decades, his signature style helped define James’ brand of funk, and the phrase: “Maceo, I want you to Blow!” passed into the language. The men from this period of James Brown's band are recognized as the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop and whose sounds we still jump to in the present day.
His collaborators over the years have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, among others.
For the last two decades Maceo has been enjoying a blistering solo career, building a new funk empire that is both fresh and stylistically diverse. He deftly navigates between James Brown's 1960s soul and George Clinton's 1970s freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and hip-hop grooves.
His name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree is impeccable and his band? It’s just what you'd expect: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.