March 1, 2013 |
The lineup for the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival has been announced, and in addition to the weekend-long concert's signature mix of jazz, funk and R&B, the festival also revealed that comic and former late-night host George Lopez will take over for longtime host Bill Cosby this year. Cosby had served as master of ceremonies at the festival since 1979, and last year the comedy legend stepped down after becoming as much a part of the show's fabric as the Hollywood Bowl, parasols and picnic baskets.
January 12, 2012
MUSIC The multifaceted George Duke Fusion/Funk Band brings its genre-bending sound to Hollywood for a three-night stand, just in time to celebrate Duke's own birthday. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat. $25-$35 (dinner or two-drink minimum required). (323) 466-2210. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com.
September 24, 2010 |
Grammy-winning jazz artist George Duke has worked with jazz musicians from A, as in Cannonball Adderley, to Z, as in Frank Zappa. He's produced hits for artists including Jeffrey Osborne ("Stay With Me Tonight," "On the Wings of Love") and Deniece Williams ("Let's Hear It for the Boy"), and he has a fresh album of his own out, "DÃ©jÃ Vu. " But Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, he'll be doing something a bit different, blending American jazz with European orchestral traditions.
December 19, 2003 |
Think of George Duke and the first word that comes to mind is "versatility." In his nearly four-decade career, the California-born keyboardist has performed with everyone from Frank Zappa and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley to Miles Davis, Smoky Robinson and Natalie Cole. Beyond all his awards and accomplishments, and his easy role shifting from musician to producer to record executive, Duke's live performances are intriguing in a very different way.
January 19, 2001 |
George Duke doesn't make a lot of appearances in clubs, more commonly turning up in large-venue engagements--most recently at Universal Amphitheatre with the Montreux 2000 all-star show. Every couple of years or so, however, he seems to feel the need to get into the trenches, experience some direct contact with his fans, and enjoy the casual, free-spirited atmosphere of a gig in a jazz room.
November 13, 1998 |
Give George Duke credit for one thing: He knows how to work a crowd. On Tuesday, in the opening set of a six-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill, he was the consummate performer. Structuring most of his quartet's appearance around his just-released new album, "After Hours" (Warner Bros.), he entertained the full house by mixing a running narrative of a romantic evening with his highly suggestive music.