Maceo Parker – Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Maceo Parker’s concert at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on 8/6/2015
“Gimme some more!”
This phrase was repeated over and over throughout Maceo Parker’s set at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Thursday evening. However, it wasn’t just the band saying this, it was the fans at the end wanting “more” Parker. It’s comes as no surprise, though, because Parker and his band made jazz truly come alive for his two hour set in the popular Seattle venue.
Making my way up to my reserved booth, I knew I was in for an unforgettable evening. Jazz fans, young and old, were anxiously awaiting Parker to take the stage. Besides his saxophone, Parker brought a few of his band members to accompany him on his four night stay at the Jazz Alley. They include Greg Boyer (trombone), Will Boulware (keys), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney “Skeet” Curtis (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Corey Parker (vocals), and Darliene Parker (vocals).
With instruments in place and introductions completed, it was time for the show. All of Parker’s band members had made their way to the stage except for Parker himself. He deserved an entrance all to himself. Parker has become a household name in the jazz community for his collaborations with James Taylor, Ray Charles and so many more.
The band didn’t hesitate once Parker had made his way on stage. Jazz and funk were infiltrating Jazz Alley in the best possible way. There wasn’t a moment during the set that I didn’t see a head bobbing, a foot tapping or a small clap in the audience. This was all due to Parker’s infectious energy.
Whether it be a shoutout to the crowd or a small dance move to accompany a song, there was never a dry moment. And by the end of the evening, he had every single individual completely engaged and awestruck by his talent. It was an extremely special moment to witness in a time where some consider jazz to be “dead”. Ask anyone in the audience that attended last night and they would be able to give you one hundred reasons against that theory.
Another truly special moment (well, moments) was when Parker would take a step back and give his band members a chance to be in the spotlight. Each member was able to show off their incredible skill for the entire room to experience. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the drummer’s, Dennis Chambers, moment. After he had finished up his solo, he had every audience member on their feet screaming and hollering.
Although, I think the set was only supposed to last an hour and a half, Parker and his band continued to play until every last clap was drained out of the audience’s hands. That right there shows a true passion for the love of music.
After the show, I was fortunate enough to have received the chance to meet Mr. Parker. Although you could tell he was completely worn out from his show, he took pictures, signed autographs and thanked every individual that had waited for him. That speaks volumes to his character and personality.
Last night at the Jazz Alley was an experience I will never forget. I cannot thank Parker, his band and the staff for all putting on this wonderful event. I will be coming back and I highly recommend you attend a show. If you didn’t get the chance to see Mr. Parker to perform tonight, you’re in luck. Parker will be performing five more shows in the next three days at Jazz Alley.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (8/7)
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (8/8)
Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (8/9)
If you aren’t in the Seattle area this weekend, check out Parker at his upcoming stops: http://www.maceoparker.com/itinerary.html
If you are in the Seattle area and wish to see more shows at the Jazz Alley, here are some upcoming dates to be aware of:
Lydia Pense & Cold Blood August 11 – 12
Manhattan Transfer August 13 – 16
Otis Taylor BandAugust 18 – 19