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Maceo Parker

Parker performing at the 2002 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
Background information
Born (1943-02-14) February 14, 1943 (age 73)
Kinston, North Carolina, United States
Genres Funk, soul jazz, P-Funk
Occupation(s) Musician, band leader
Instruments Saxophone, flute, vocals
Years active 1962–present
Labels Verve, What Are Records?, Heads Up Minor Music
Associated acts James Brown, Maceo & All the King’s Men, Maceo & the Macks, The J.B.’s, Parliament, Prince, Horny Horns

I was a piano player. I love piano playing. I just love all music.
You have to love what you do. And in order to do that, you have to search your soul to find out what it is that you really are about. And then when you find it, if you're lucky enough to be in a position to do what it is that you love, it becomes easy. I'm blessed that I ended up doing exactly what I wanted to do.
Maceo Parker
When I grew up, the thing boys would do during the summer is work tobacco because it was a cheap product back then. I didn't want to do that. From an early, early, early age, I was like, 'I like music. This performing thing comes easy.' And perhaps that's how I ended up doing what I'm doing today. Being a musician.
Maceo Parker
I've always loved performing and, especially, love for the people. That's what keeps me going.
Maceo Parker
People have different takes on clothes and what to wear and colors and all that stuff, so why make a big deal about uniformity? It took me a long time to grasp that particular concept, simply because I was coming from the James Brown thing. Again, I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.
Maceo Parker
Me and my brothers started a musical group early on, and we were playing in places where we really weren't supposed to be.
Maceo Parker
I'm really at ease in being me and going all around the world playing music. But I do get a lift once we start. I'm humming stuff in the dressing room and smiling, looking at myself and making sure I don't have nose hair! But once I get really close to the stage, and the guys are doing the intro thing, I do get a pick-me-up.
Maceo Parker