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The keyboard pioneer reportedly passed away last night at St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles. George Duke has died aged 67, after battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This news comes after a difficult period for the acclaimed keyboardist and composer whose wife Corine passed away just over a year ago. Duke’s record label Concord-Telarc have confirmed he died on 5 August in Los Angeles, his passing coming after he had just launched his latest album, Dreamweaver, which he’d dedicated to his wife’s memory.

The musician, singer, producer and composer leaves behind a stunning legacy that includes collaborations with the likes of Frank Zappa and albums such as the Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. Duke’s music has been sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and Madlib.

Duke had recently returned to form in the studio and remained a hugely popular live draw at festivals and jazz clubs around the world. He will be sorely missed by his legions of fans from both R&B/soul and jazz-fusion worlds.


The Board Of Directors of the Musical Arts Institute invite you to our 2nd Annual Gala Performance featuring Grammy Award winning keyboard legend, George Duke. Joining him will be Grammy Awarding winning saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. Bassist Michael Manson will also perform and serve as host for the evening. The best in Jazz, R&B, and Gospel music will be performed this evening. Please join us for this very special event. Pre Sale tickets are now on sale at or call MAI @773 253 8606 for more information. You can also go to for even more info. This concert will sell out so we urge you to get your tickets soon. We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, June 28, 2013 7:30pm in CDT

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637


Jazz is a splendid genre born of African and European roots and come to beautiful fruition amidst Southern black communities in the tumultuous times afflicting such communities in the early 20th century United States. Not just its sound, but its mere existence, speaks to powerful cultural roots oft overlooked or brushed aside by other genres that have risen to popularity since.

The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual fest that seeks to honor this tradition while offering a stage with which new artists of the genre can be heard. It is a festival with a history going back over half a century and it remains popular to this day.

Don’t miss the 35th Anniversary! Come celebrate with Playboy and an amazing all-star lineup of the best jazz musicians around.

35th Anniversary Line-Up

Saturday, June 15: 3:00-11:00 p.m.
George Lopez, master of ceremonies

George Duke with special guest Jeffrey Osborne

Naturally 7 with special guest Herbie Hancock

Angelique Kidjo with special guest Hugh Masekela

Olé Coltrane featuring Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band with special guest James Carter

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with special guest Lee Ritenour

Gregory Porter

Robert Glasper Experiment

Grace Kelly Quintet with special guest Phil Woods

Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jason Goldman

Also coming to Hollywood Bowl this summer:

Smooth Summer Jazz: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour 2013: Sunday, August 18, 2013 – 6:00pm
Diana Ross: Saturday, August 3, 2013 – 8:00pm
Sergio Mendes • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 8:00pm
Steve Martin • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Madeleine Peyroux: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 8:00pm
An Evening with Natalie Cole: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 8:00pm

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, California 90068


Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April of 1970. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade…and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.

Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade.

These artists will perform on the festival:

Bill Miller

Pura Fé
A Tribe Called Red

Yellow Bird Indian Dancers
Stoney Creek Singers
Oneida Longhouse Singers and Dancers
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Aaron Neville

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Dr. John
Allen Toussaint

Irma Thomas

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Pete Fountain

The Nevilles

Rebirth Brass Band

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Better Than Ezra
The Meter Men featuring Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr. with special Guest Page McConnell
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Vernel Bagneris presents The 35th Anniversary Celebration of “One Mo’ Time”
Marc Broussard
Chris Owens backed by Her Hot Rhythms Band
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

Papa Grows Funk
Cowboy Mouth

Tab Benoit

Anders Osborne
Theresa Andersson

Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Jon Cleary & the Diabolical Fandangos

John Boutté
Sonny Landreth

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater
Jeremy Davenport

Davell Crawford

Terence Blanchard
Deacon John

Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
Donald Harrison, Jr.

Henry Butler & Friends

Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
The Soul Rebels
Marcia Ball

Charmaine Neville Band
Treme Brass Band’s Tribute to Uncle Lionel Batiste
Ellis Marsalis
Nicholas Payton XXX with Vicente Archer and Lenny White
George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
Tucka & the Groove City Express

John Mooney & Bluesiana
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with special Guest Jo-El Sonnier
Jonathon “Boogie” Long & the Blues Revolution
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield
Glen David Andrews
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with special guest Queen Ida
Raw Oyster Cult

Hurray For The Riff Raff
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

The Iguanas
The Revivalists

Creole String Beans
James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars

Eric Lindell
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds

Astral Project
The Zion Harmonizers

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Val & Love Alive Mass Choir
Gregg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds
The Boutté Family Gospel

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119


The 5th Annual “Low Country Jazz Festival” is coming to Charleston SC on August 30- September 1, 2013!

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, Clarke/Duke 4 (Stanley Clarke and George Duke), Randy Crawford and Joe Sample… Jazz in Pink featuring Saxophonist Pamela Williams, Flutist Althea Renee, Violinist Karen Briggs and Keyboardist Gail Johnson….

For more information on the festival and those performing, go to

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418

Buoyed by the huge success of George Benson’s headlining performance in 2011, the Indy Jazz Fest has added a second outdoor roster of entertainment at Opti Park in Broad Ripple.

Indy Jazz Fest begins on Sept. 10 with five nights of indoor performances and culminates with outdoor shows on Sept. 15-16.

The final day, Sept. 16, will focus on smooth jazz, the largely instrumental genre linked to urban contemporary music, both melody- and groove-based. The schedule will be headlined by multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson and saxophonist Gerald Albright.

Culbertson’s last Indianapolis appearance was in 2009 at the Murat Theatre. Albright, who was an Indiana Black Expo performer in 1991, appeared locally most recently in 2008.

The Sept. 15 Opti-Park program includes pianist Robert Glasper Experiment, vocalist-reedman Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and the “Bring It” tour of a quartet led by bass guitarist Stanley Clarke and keyboardist George Duke.

The Sunset Series designates the festival’s indoor evening events. The 2012 schedule:

>> Sept. 10 — Aaron Diehl Quartet, group led by the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

>> Sept. 11 — “Latin Tinge,” Pavel and Direct Contact, local Latin-jazz ensemble, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 N. Central Ave.

>> Sept. 12 — Cheryl Bentyne, solo show by member of leading vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer, Mark Winkler, Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle.

>> Sept. 13 — “Tribute to Slide Hampton,” Indy Jazz Fest band, DeHaan Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 W. Hanna Ave.

>> Sept. 14 — Slide Hampton, trombonist, with the Steve Allee Big Band, Jazz Kitchen.

David Allee, an Indy Jazz Fest director, made the announcement at the Rhythm! Discovery Center Downtown. He told The Indianapolis Star later that Facebook surveys and sold-out shows with other presenters over the past two decades, plus the Benson show’s success, spurred the move to take a chance on a smooth-jazz day.

It’s also been successful as part of the mix at the club Allee runs, the Jazz Kitchen. “Our jazz audience here doesn’t come from a purist standpoint,” he said.

Other events related to Indy Jazz Fest are likely to be added , he said, including master classes by Hampton and Bentyne and performances at the venerable Chatterbox Jazz Club and the brand-new Indy Reads Bookstore on Mass Ave.

Opti Park, Indianapolis Art Ctr, 820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

Stanley Clarke teamed up with keyboardist George Duke in 1981 to form the Clarke/Duke Project. Together they scored a Top 20 pop hit with the single “Sweet Baby,” In 1981 George Duke and Stanley Clarke began their official collaboration together with the release of Clarke/Duke Project, which produced the top ten smash hit, “Sweet Baby.” In total they have recorded three albums. Over the course of their funk-filled and genre-smashing collaborations, Clarke and Duke have created performances full of fun, energy and exceptional musicianship with a big bottom and keyboard flights of fancy. More of the same fantastic musical roller-coaster ride is on the way with their new CLARKE/DUKE 4 “BRING IT” Tour.

It has been six years since they last toured together and both are looking forward to the CLARKE/DUKE 4 “BRING IT” Tour. Clarke remarks, “I’m looking forward to these performances, because the most fun I have touring is with George. We have a good time together. We’re both older and more experienced. Our repertoire is more all-encompassing and much more diverse.”

Duke adds, “Touring with Stanley is always a good thing, because he’s a nut. He’s the younger brother I never had. We each have different perspectives on music, but at the same time a lot of similarities. It’s the diversity of our backgrounds that makes it interesting. My musical background is West Coast and Stanley’s is East Coast. I came from R&B, where Stanley came more from rock.”

The CLARKE/DUKE 4 “BRING IT” Tour should be extra-special because both Clarke and Duke broke new ground in the movement that spearheaded jazz-fusion in the early 1970s. Thirty plus years later there is longevity to that movement as shown by the oft-sold-out, highly successful Return To Forever world tour in 2010-2011. It’s an opportunity to be able to go out on tour and perform a style of music that they helped pioneer.

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09/01/12 High Point, NC The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival Oak Hollow Lake Park United States

09/03/12 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Jazz Fest United States

10/20/12 – 10/27/12 Carribean Cruise Capital Jazz Supercruise United States