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Monday August 07, 2017

From Billboard

Esperanza Spalding, Maceo Parker & 5 Other Best Moments From the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival
By: Natalie Weiner

Parker has been putting on shows for half a century, and he wasn’t about to stop at Newport — the funk maestro appeared ageless as he danced around the stage to classics from various stages of his career, and some from others (a Ray Charles impression appeared somewhere along the way). Most thrilling was the moment he dusted off James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” — otherwise known as the birthplace of the phrase “give the drummer some,” as well as one of Maceo’s most memorable solos. But when he said it, it wasn’t to the late Clyde Stubblefield, Brown’s storied drummer; it was to Nikki Glaspie, a woman who spent a significant portion of her career behind the kit for Beyoncé — making the funk, R&B and jazz world a little bit smaller.

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