Foundations of Funk


Maceo Parker's blistering saxophone fueled some of the wickedest grooves ever conceived, first alongside James Brown, later with the P-Funk collective, in both cases forging furious funk foundations that're still the template. Parker (pictured) can sing, too, as he amply demonstrated evoking Ray Charles on 2008's Roots & Grooves. Virtuoso bassist Christian McBride's versatility is as renowned as his technique, ranging from straightahead jazz to pop as well as projects that dig into funk, fusion, and hip hop. Each will lead his own band, in this case McBride's electric ensemble Situation, featuring keyboardist Patrice Rushen, DJs Logic and Jahi  Sundance, and saxophonist Ron Blake. And if we're lucky they'll collaborate and come up with a groove that might make your head explode. (Photo by Ines Kaise)
Sun., May 22, 7 p.m., 2011

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