* Maceo Parker

May 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
The Birchmere Music Hall
3701 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria
VA 22305 United States

If you hear James Brown on record hollering for someone to “blow your horn!” the next thing you’re going to experience is Maceo Parker. Brown’s right-hand sax man had an irreducible funkiness to his playing—swagger and pep were his rare earth metals. And Parker shines as a leader too: If you don’t have 1970’s Doing Their Own Thing, by Maceo and All the King’s Men, get it now. (His solo records in the years since have ranged from funk to jazz to blues.) Then go see Parker perform the Hamilton.



Giovanni Russonello

About Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at [email protected] Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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