To Ray, With Love Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring the Raelettes

Concert Under The Stars

Monday June 26 @ 8:30pm - TekSavvy Main Stage, Confederation Park

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Featuring:
Maceo Parker - vocals/alto saxophone
Steve Sigmund - musical director/conductor
Cleave Guyton - alto saxophone
Alford Jackson - alto saxophone
Rickey Woodard - tenor saxophone
Keith Loftis - tenor saxophone
Terrence Goss - baritone saxophone
Chuck Parrish - trumpet
John Bailey - trumpet
David Hoffman - trumpet
Dan Marcus - trombone
Jason Jackson - trombone
Dion Tucker - trombone
Jack Jeffers - trombone
Ernest Vantrease - keyboards
Rogers Hines - bass
Jeff Pevar - guitar
Paul Kreibich - drums
Katrina Harper - vocals
Karen Evans - vocals
Elaine Woodard - vocals

During his 60-year-career, showman, singer, songwriter, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Ray Charles brought gospel fervor to secular music, igniting R&B, rock ’n’ roll, country music and many flavours of jazz. Alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist Maceo Parker was introduced to Charles via records in 1959, and five years later joined James Brown, Charles’ ostensible successor, in the J.B.’s, with whom Maceo gained fame. In the ‘70s, he became one of the Horny Horns in George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic troupe, which led him to tour under his own name and with artists including Prince. Always taking a gutsy approach to down home material, Maceo in 2010 circled back to his first love, recording Ray Charles’ hits on Roots and Grooves with the WDR Big Band Cologne. Since last August he’s gone live with the project, starring with the singing Raelettes in an Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles.

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