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Music Festival To Honor Late Jazz Great

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment

Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the legacy of their friend and musical partner George Duke on the opening day of the 36th ...

Paul Rodgers' Royal EPK Premiere, A Conversation With Astro Raph, Plus Exclusives From MODOC and Christine Rosander

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Think Kings of Leon meets Imagine Dragons and you get Nashville rockers MODOC.

On the 'A' With Souleo: Najee Feels the Spirit of George Duke on New Album

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The spirit of the late jazz legend George Duke was with multi-instrumentalist Najee during the recording of his latest album, The Morning After: A Mus...

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz, Conversations with Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power's Larry Braggs, and ECP's Michael Lazaroff, Plus a Catching Fire Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

While attending almost thirty or so performances over the course of six days, I witnessed an allegedly innocuous format engage and thrill a couple thousand people virtually all day and much of the night, proving, at least to me, that "smooth jazz" as we knew it is gone.

Conversations With William Shatner, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Pink Martini and TuneCore, Plus Albert Hammond Jr. and Sandra Lilia Velasquez Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I managed to pull it off, but there are thousands of other people that haven't, and that's the tragedy. You try to follow a dream and it gradually pales and then you wake up and the rent is due and you don't have the funds to pay it."

Chats With The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel & Cheryl Bentyne and Jeff Lorber, Plus Diane Birch, The Swellers and Johnny Chill Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There isn't much hiding the heartbreak in this song," Diane explains. "It's about the point of knowing how bad the blow is gonna be but hoping you can just stall reality." Check out the premiere of the track "Tell Me Tomorrow" from the upcoming record.

A Celebration of George Duke, a Great Musician and Good Guy

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Lionel Rolfe

George Duke was then Zappa's keyboardist, an integral part of the band: a good looking, sturdily built guy with a most genial manner. He seemed to like me; he'd nod at me and tell me about the "fine doobie" he had, and lead me to his van parked in the alley behind the rehearsal space.

Legendary Musician Dies At 67

Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices

George Duke, legendary jazz, R&B, funk musician has died at age 67. According to New York Daily News, Duke passed away on Monday, August 5, in Los ...

Grammy-Winning Jazz Musician Dead At 67

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 10.06.2013 | Celebrity

NEW YORK — George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul ...

Jazz Keyboardist Offers Heartfelt Tribute To Late Wife

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices

-- George Duke, "DreamWeaver" (Heads Up International) George Duke was left devastated by the death of his wife, Corine, from cancer a year ago and ...

DreamWeaver & Maron: Conversations with George Duke and Black Iris/White Iris' Daron Hollowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I'm the same guy underneath whether I'm producing or writing or composing. Whatever I'm doing, it's still all music and it's still all me. I feel the same way with regards to styles of music."

Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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The Wayman Tisdale Story and Scars & Stories: Conversations With Director Brian Schodorf and The Fray's Isaac Slade

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Peter Gabriel Audio Exclusive, Plus Chatting With J. Cole And Sheila E.

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.02.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I always feel like I have more work to do because somebody out there doesn't know about me. That's my goal, to a) get better, and b) get bigger."

A Conversation With Sheila E., Plus Chats With Manchester Orchestra and Jim Guthrie, and Weerd Science's Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.17.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

It's really hard to imagine the level of creativity and output we see from Sheila E.

Jazzy Mandarin & The Gate's Wide Open: Conversations With Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

What happens when your elegant entertainer goes off script and speaks mandarin directly to a Chinese delegation in the White House?

Wednesday Windfall: Conversations with KISS' Gene Simmons, Brian Culbertson and The Weepies

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

With regards to Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, is it easy or hard for Gene Simmons to transform himself from an everyday person into a savior of rock 'n' roll?