The Concord Music Group is proud to announce that “Missing You,” a track from the late George Duke’s DreamWeaver album, has won a Soul Train Award in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Performance. The 2013 Soul Train Awards, which acknowledge the achievements of today’s most famed entertainers, were held on November 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and an array of Concord Music Group’s brightest stars were nominated, including Duke, George Benson, Boney James and Dave Koz. Koz presented Duke’s award to his sons, Rashid Duke and John Shiffer. Benson also presented an award. The Soul… Continue reading
Veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboard virtuoso George Duke has died at age 67 at St. John’s hospital in L.A. This news comes after a difficult period for the acclaimed keyboardist and composer whose wife Corine passed away just over a year ago.
Individually, they are three titans of contemporary music: Rick Braun, the gifted trumpeter/flugelhornist with the golden voice; GRAMMY® Award-winning tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the Memphis-born wunderkind who mixes Beale Street, gospel, the blues and bop; and Norman Brown, the GRAMMY®-winning guitarist who brings a Louisiana lilt to his Wes Montgomery/George Benson influenced six-string soulful strut. They came together eleven years ago as the supergroup known as BWB and their historic album Groovin’, made them one of the most sought-after groups at that time.
This terrific triad reassembles with the June 18, 2013 release of Human Nature on Heads Up International,… Continue reading
At the age of 67, world renowned Jazz-Folk singer Terry Callier passed away October 28th in a Chicago hospital after a long battle with throat cancer.
Callier was born in the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in the Cabrini–Green housing area. He learned piano, was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. In 1962 he took an audition at Chess Records, where he recorded his debut single, “Look at Me Now”.At the same time as attending college, he then began performing in folk clubs… Continue reading
Mike Clark, legendary drummer and former member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band, can now add another name to his illustrious music career as the Funk Wizard of Manhattan. In addition to producing his new discovery, singer/nu-hip spoken word artist Tony Adamo‘s CD, Clark brought in four members of the Headhunters – Bill Summers, percussion; Rob Dixon, horns; Richie Goods, Bass; Derrick Gardner, trumpet – to play and finish out the recording.
Portland, OR Bassist Esperanza Spalding won the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 13th, 2011 at the Staples Center in L.A., beating out Hip Hop hopefuls Drake and tween sensation Justin Beiber.
When asked about thanking her teachersduring her acceptance speech she said “I was speaking to many, many, many teachers. I started playing music when I was 5, so I don’t think you’ll want me to go through all the teachers, but in particular … Greg McKelvey, Hazel DiLorenzo, Dorothy McCormick, Ken Baldwin, all my teachers at Portland State University and Berklee.”… Continue reading