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Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke - 100% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Comedy Drama Action & Adventure Soundtracks Funk Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul
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30 June 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Clarke started on violin then transferred to cello, double bass and finally the bass guitar. After formal training at school and at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, his first experience was in funk outfits; he then got a taste for playing jazz working with Horace Silver for six months in 1970. He played with tenor saxophonist J Read more

Bob James - 83% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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25 December 1939, Marshall, Missouri, USA. James played the piano from the age of four and eventually gained an MA in Composition from the University of Michigan in 1962. He worked as musical director and accompanist with vocalist Sarah Vaughan until 1968. In 1973 Quincy Jones introduced him to Creed Taylor who was forming his CTI Records label. James became his arranger and Read more

Lee Ritenour - 76% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Drama
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George Benson - 75% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Special Interest Television
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22 March 1943, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. This guitarist and singer successfully planted his feet in both the modern jazz and easy-listening pop camps in the mid-70s when jazz pop as well as jazz rock became a most lucrative proposition. Before a move to New York in 1963, he had played in various R&B outfits local to Pittsburgh, including the Altairs and the Four Cou Read more

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller - 74% match to George Duke

Genres: Comedy Jazz Drama Educational Documentaries
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14 June 1959, New York City, New York, USA. Taking up the electric bass in his teens, Miller’s early musical experience came from the New York soul scene. Flautist Bobbi Humphrey gave him his first serious work in the jazz idiom in 1977, which was quickly followed by a tour with Lenny White’s group. Becoming competent on an impressive number of instruments, Miller& Read more

Ronnie Laws - 74% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Funk
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Ronald Laws, 3 October 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Laws played the saxophone from the age of 12, growing up with the musicians who were to become the Crusaders - the band with which his brother Hubert Laws played. Ronnie studied at the Stephen F. Austin State University and then at Texas Southern University. When he was 21 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Von Rya Read more

Joe Sample - 73% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Joseph Leslie Sample, 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA. While still at high school, Sample co-founded a group that would dominate his working life. Known from 1960 as the Jazz Crusaders, the band, with its core of Sample on piano, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper, produced a series of popular albums that helped to define the term ‘s Read more

The Crusaders - 68% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Television
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This remarkably versatile group was formed in Houston, Texas, as the Swingsters. During the 50s, Wilton Felder (31 August 1940, Houston, Texas, USA; reeds), Wayne Henderson (b. 24 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; trombone), Joe Sample (b. 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; keyboards) and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper (b. 15 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA; drums), Read more

Fourplay - 64% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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A group which has earned consistent critical praise for its blend of pop and contemporary jazz, Fourplay was formed by Bob James (25 December 1939, Marshall, Missouri, USA; keyboards), Lee Ritenour (b. 1 November 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Nathan East (bass) and Harvey Mason (b. 22 February 1947, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; drums). Since forming in the Read more

Jeff Lorber - 62% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Funk
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4 November 1952, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A pioneer of the smooth jazz/New Adult Contemporary format, keyboard player Lorber’s compositions are characterized by syncopated, chromatic melody and modal writing and a seamless fusion of electric jazz, rock, R&B and funk styles. Lorber started playing the piano when he was four and played in local R&B bands w Read more

Al Jarreau - 61% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
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Alwyn Lopez Jarreau, 12 March 1940, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Singing a highly sophisticated form of vocalese, Jarreau’s style displays many influences. Some of these come from within the world of jazz, notably the work of Jon Hendricks, while others are external. He customarily uses vocal sounds that include the clicks of African song and the plosives common in orient Read more

Pieces of a Dream - 61% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Urban & Rap
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Shakatak - 58% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Funk Holiday & Seasonal
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One of the original benefactors of the early 80s UK jazz/funk boom, alongside contemporaries Level 42, Shakatak originally comprised Bill Sharpe (keyboards), Steve Underwood (bass), Keith Winter (guitar), Roger Odell (drums), and Nigel Wright (keyboards, synthesizers). Between 1980 and 1987, Shakatak had 14 UK chart singles. Beginning with their chart debut, 1980’s ‘F Read more

Earth, Wind & Fire - 57% match to George Duke

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Funk Action & Adventure R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Television Easy Listening Music Theme
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The origins of this imaginative US group date back to the 60s and Chicago’s black music session circle. Drummer Maurice White (19 December 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA) appeared on sessions for Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart and more, before joining the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1965. He left four years later to form the Salty Peppers, which prepared the way for a Read more

Billy Cobham - 56% match to George Duke

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz
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William Cobham, 16 May 1944, Panama. Cobham began playing drums while growing up in New York City, to where his family had moved while he was still a small child. He studied at the city’s High School of Music before entering military service. In the army he played in a band and by the time of his discharge had achieved a high level of proficiency. In the late 60s he pla Read more

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