Maceo Parker is an American funk and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s. Similarly, Parker was a prominent soloist on many of Brown’s hit recordings, and a key part of his band, playing alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Since the early 1990s, he has toured under his own name.
Parker was born in Kinston, North Carolina. Parker’s father played piano and drums in addition to singing in church with Parker’s mother; his brother Melvin played drums and his brother Kellis played the trombone. Parker and his brother Melvin joined James Brown in 1964; in his autobiography, Brown claims that he originally wanted Melvin as his drummer, but agreed to additionally take Maceo under his wing as part of the deal. Since 1970, Parker, his brother Melvin, and a few of Brown’s band members left to establish the band Maceo & All the King’s Men, which toured for two years.
Since February 2013, Parker published his autobiography, 98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music with the publisher Chicago Review Press.
Maceo plays a gold-plated Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone and the mouthpiece he uses is a #3 Brilhart Ebolin. Maceo’s reed of choice is the Vandoren Java, size 3 and a half.
Parker was portrayed by Craig Robinson in the 2014 James Brown biopic Get on Up.
- Full Name: Maceo Parker
- Date of Birth: February 14, 1943
- Age: 76
- Birth Place: Kinston, North Carolina, United States
- Genres: Funk, soul jazz, P-Funk
- Occupation(s): Musician, band leader
- Instruments: Saxophone, flute, vocals
- Years active: 1962–present
- Labels: Verve, What Are Records?, Heads Up Minor Music
- Associated acts: James Brown, Maceo & All the King’s Men, Maceo & the Macks, The J.B.’s, Parliament, Prince, The Horny Horns
- Spouse: Carolyn Washington Parker
- Music groups: The J.B.’s, The J.B.’s (since 1973 – 1976), etc.
- Net Worth: $800 thousand dollars
CV Read More Dave Steward
Reference Net Worth of Maceo Parker