DC JazzFest at The Wharf
Leslie Odom Jr, R+R=Now (Robert Glasper's new jazz supergroup), Maceo Parker
901 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 5:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
DC JazzFest at The Wharf
Leslie Odom Jr., Jazz Supergroup R+R=NOW (Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor McFerrin).
Headlining artist Leslie Odom Jr. is a multi-talented actor, dancer and singer, with two jazz albums and a plethora of awards and credits to his name. He gained international fame and acclaim for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the Broadway juggernaut, Hamilton, winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal vocalist.
Joining Odom Jr. is R+R=Now, a jazz supergroup formed in late 2017 by the brilliant team of legendary pianist Robert Glasper and multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and rapper Terrace Martin, and is comprised of trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Justin Tyson and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin (son of Bobby McFerrin). R+R=NOW stands for Reflect+Respond=NOW, and Glasper has said the name was inspired by the late singer Nina Simone, who said an artist's duty is to reflect the times.
Famed American funk and soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker of James Brown and P-Funk pedigree will kick the show off with a high energy set.
American funk/jazz saxophonist, most famous for his work with James Brown.
In 1963 when his brother, drummer Melvin Parker, landed a spot with James Brown's band, Maceo was introduced & also offered a spot. Originally playing baritone sax with the band, Maceo soon switched over to tenor and was an integral member of Brown's band. In 1970 most of these disgruntled bandmates quit and under Maceo's leadership recorded and toured as Maceo & All The King's Men. By 1973 Maceo was again with Brown;s touring band, but by 1974 they parted ways again. Maceo became involved with George Clinton and his many projects, including Parliament & Funkadelic. 1984 saw him sign again with James Brown for another 4 year stint. By 1990 Maceo was a solo act. 1990's Roots Revisited and 1991's Mo' Roots were jazz flavored releases, but by 1992 he was touring incessantly playing funk. 1992's Life On Planet Groove gives a taste of his live act of the time, alongside his longtime collaborators Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis. Many releases and guest appearances have followed, including contibuting to many of Prince's studio and live efforts.
b. February 14, 1943 - Kinston, North Carolina