Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Maceo Parker to headline Jazz St. Louis fundraising gala on Friday, February 28

Saxophonist Maceo Parker will be the featured musical entertainment  for Jazz St. Louis' annual fundraising gala, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 28 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 100 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton.

Parker (pictured) is best known for helping define the funk genre while working with James Brown and in various combinations with fellow former Brown sidemen Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis.

Since launching his solo career in 1990 after nearly two decades with Brown, Parker also has played with musicians such as Ray Charles, Prince, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His most recent album Soul Classics was recorded with the WDR Big Band in Germany and released here in the USA in 2012.

The benefit gala will begin with a cocktail hour featuring music from Jazz St. Louis' JazzU students, followed by a dinner and live auction; the performance by Parker; and a post-show cabaret with singer Denise Thimes.

So how much are tickets? Well, neither the announcement in Jazz St. Louis' email newsletter nor the page about the event on their website makes any mention of prices, which suggests that it's one of those "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" type of deals.

We can tell you that tickets for previous JSL galas have started at $500 per person, so it seems likely this year's event will cost at least that much. StLJN will try to get that detail nailed down and this post updated at first opportunity, but if money's no object and you're ready to reserve a spot right away, you can do so any time between now and February 21 by calling JSL development associate Daniel Hodges at 314-289-4034 or sending an email to daniel@jazzstl.org.

In the meantime, we leave you to contemplate the theoretical notion of a crowd of folks in formalwear who have paid $500 (and up!) apiece responding to Maceo's exhortations to "Shake Everything You Got":

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