‘Maceo!’: Saxophonist to headline Art of Cool Festival

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

The saxophone player who worked with James Brown, George Clinton and other soul-funk legends will be the headliner for the Art of Cool Project’s 2014 music festival.

The Art of Cool Project, a Durham nonprofit that presents concerts, announced that Maceo Parker will headline the music festival, scheduled for April 25-26.
Parker, born in Kinston, got his first job with Brown in the 1960s. Brown hired Parker’s brother Melvin on drums, and when he asked Brown if he needed a saxophone player, Brown offered Maceo the job. On recordings, listeners can often hear Brown holler “Maceo!,” a signal for Parker to take a solo.
In the 1970s, Parker along with other members of Brown’s ensemble joined Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic project. (Parker and Clinton, along with Funkadelic, will perform Sept. 27 in Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill, opening Carolina Performing Arts’ 2013-2014 season.) Since the 1990s, Parker has recorded numerous solo projects, playing jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and other styles.
Art of Cool currently is conducting a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000. As of Tuesday, the campaign had raised $4,566, 18 percent of its $25,000 goal. The campaign continues through Aug. 5.  
The two-day festival will have more than 20 performances at two outdoor stages and five indoor venues, the organization’s website states. Venues will include Casbah, the Carolina Theatre, Durham Central Park, Motorco Music Hall, American Tobacco, the Durham Arts Council and The Pinhook, according to the organization’s website. 
The Art of Cool Project began presenting concerts in Durham’s Golden Belt in 2011, then expanded to other venues. In 2012, the organization announced its intention to bring a new music festival, featuring jazz and related musical forms, to Durham. Last year, the organization held a series of focus groups to gather information about what the public might want from a festival.
For information about this festival and the Kickstarter campaign, visit www.theartofcoolproject.com.