Live Tonight: Maceo Parker

Even if you don’t know Maceo Parker by name, you’ve surely heard his funky saxophone work as a member of Parliament and a key part of James Brown’s band alongside his drumming brother Melvin. The alto, tenor, and baritone sax master has also played on records by Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Dave Matthews Band—and even gets name-checked in Jane’s Addiction’s “My Cat’s Name Is Maceo” (he plays on that one, too). In short, he’s a bad-ass, and one of the most influential funk horn players ever; at 71, his playing still burns with the reckless energy of his youth. Parker plays six shows Thurs.–Sun. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, 7:30. $34.50. DAVE LAKE

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