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Maceo Parker: A tribute to Ray Charles

featuring The Meltdown Big Band and The Raelettes

USA / Australia

Sunday 3 June, 7:30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

In 1960s USA a young saxophonist from North Carolina, Maceo Parker, stood outside the Greensboro Coliseum hoping to just catch a glimpse of his musical idol Ray Charles.

Parker went on to become one of the most iconic saxophonists in music history, having played with everyone from James Brown, Prince, George Clinton, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ani Difranco and De La Soul.

The author of enduring classics such as Georgia on My Mind, I Got a Woman, Hit the Road Jack and Unchain My Heart, Charles’ music has remained a profound influence throughout Parker’s career; he has included a Ray Charles cover on each of his albums, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to tour with Charles in the 90s.

Now, Parker joins forces with Musical Director Steve Sigmund, Melbourne’s own powerhouse soul-jazz-blues outfit The Meltdown, and a dynamic trio of Raelettes on vocals, to light up Hamer Hall with a spectacular tribute to a true icon of jazz.

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