A Music City Tribute to a Musical Genius: George Duke
He brought soul to The Mothers of Invention and fusion weirdness to cool-jazz hero Cannonball Adderley. Along with Bernie Worrell, Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul, he turned the alien sounds of the synthesizer into a featured instrument in funk and jazz, two of the earthiest genres on the planet. For an encore, he scored commercial hits as a pop and R&B producer. If any contemporary musician can be called a renaissance man, it’s George Duke, who was touring behind yet another new album when he died at 67 in August. Leading tonight’s tribute from Music City will be Kirk Whalum (the Memphis-born, Nashville-based saxophonist whose Gospel According to Jazz series featured Duke at the keys), globetrotting sax man Joe Johnson, and the incredible Kim Fleming, who recently appeared on one of several panels at The Belcourt to discuss the session singers documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
Fri, Sep 27 | 7:30 PM
Jazz and Jokes Lounge