Listening Activity #12 - Musicology

During the course of his career, Prince appeared live on TV many times. This performance was shown in 2004 on the Late Show with Jay Leno. It features saxophonist Maceo Parker who made his name playing with the late great James Brown.

This funk filled performance showcases much of what Prince was about; amazing musicianship, funky rhythms and incredible stage presence.


  • What instruments can you hear?

  • How do you think the performance would be different if the horn players didn't dance?

  • Why do you think the video turns black and white at 1:24?

  • What happens at 2:18?

  • 2:46... who is Ronda??!!

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