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George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this conversation for all it was worth.  Duke is a musician's musician with a career spanning over forty years and, even though he's not primarily known as a disco artist, he has produced some great dance tracks.  These include Stephanie Mills' 'Edge Of The Razor', Deniece Williams' breakout dance pop crossover hit from Footloose, 'Let's Hear It For The Boy', and his own feel-good smash from 1982, 'Shine On'.  He also created adult contemporary staples for A Taste Of Honey and Jeffrey Osborne while in the jazz world has worked with everyone from Nancy Wilson to Dianne Reeves to Al Jarreau.  Consequently I decided to break the ice by talking about a time when jazz merged with disco.

 Fresh off last year's Grammy nomination for his Jeff Lorber Fusion project 'Now Is The Time', Lorber has wasted no time in taking the concept back to the studio.  The follow up, 'Galaxy', was released on January 31st and, with eleven choice cuts, finds this consummate keyboard player, composer and producer exploring new and refreshing grooves while also revisiting four old songs from the JLF back-catalog.  The collection also includes outstanding contributions from JFL regulars Eric Marienthal on sax, percussionist Lenny Castro, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Larry Koonse, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl plus legendary bass-player Jimmy Haslip who built a sizeable reputation through his time with Yellowjackets.

Roch picked up his first guitar at the age of three, but it would be over thirty years later after a life in endurance athletics and various other ...

Bob McHugh born Robert Ernest McHugh [July 20, 1946] jazz pianist,composer and educator. He has recorded for Outstanding Records, Allianc...

30.06.2008

Jammin by Jay Vonada

Published in Jazz Spotlights

Jay Vonada, from Aaronsburg, made all-state band in his junior and senior years of high school, and went to all-eastern band in his senior year. Ja...

30.06.2006

Black by Beata Pater

Published in Jazz Spotlights

Beata was originally educated as a classical violinist in Warsaws prestigious music academy. The first to note Beata's talent for singing was her v...

Chicago is one of those unique cities that has always been on the pulse of vangard change in popular music. Although the city is known most for it...

Born in Philadelphia on July 22, 1953, Jimmy Bruno was first exposed to music by his parents at a very early age. His mother was a singer and his f...

Definitive solo piano renditions of the songs you love, such as The Christmas Song, Take Five, Monk (original title theme of the TV series ‘Monk’...

For the last 15 years, Tammy Hall has been one of the best-kept secrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. The jazz pianist and songwriter has been suc...
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