ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Legendary funk and jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker brings his eight-piece band to Albuquerque today for a gala fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum.
The fundraiser – a dinner followed by a full-evening concert in the amphitheater – is a benefit for the Outpost Performance Space.
“We would like to raise $35,000. The money goes to programming year-round, to overhead, to art exhibits, educational programs, everything,” said Outpost head Tom Guralnick.
This is the Outpost’s second annual gala, “and it’s becoming an important part of our annual fundraising activities,” Guralnick added.
With Parker’s ensemble, described as “the tightest little funk orchestra on Earth,” the Outpost is bringing in a performer with wide appeal who will make it a fun night, he said.
“Last year, we had Mavis Staples and it was awesome. We hope this will be the same,” Guralnick said.
Parker, a headliner at the 2011 Route 66 Summerfest, is widely known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s and with George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic in the 1970s.
But in the 1990s, he began to focus on his own projects. His first two solo albums were “Roots Revisited,” which spent 10 weeks on Billboard’s Jazz charts, and “Mo’ Roots.”
Parker’s third album, recorded live in 1992, was “Life on Planet Groove.” That recording boosted his career as a solo artist in front of college students and produced his catch phrase “2 percent jazz, 98 percent funky stuff.”
In addition, Parker has been on stage with or recorded with Ray Charles, Ani DiFranco, the Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.