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Jazz songs may not be hitting on the Billboard charts anymore, but still, jazz musicians have created a lasting friendship with classic American songbook. Byron Stripling, the vocalist and the trumpet player and also the leader of Friday’s Jazz Legends event, told that even though most of these songs were written during 1920s and 30s, this is an enduring music which continues to be played and sung right up to the artists of these days.
This type music has been mainly good to Byron, whose music career goes to take him across the world and into several recording studios and the long list includes his debut in the Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson as well as New York Pops; diddling in Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; as well as touring with Clark Terry, Count Basie Orchestra and Woody Herman.
He told that for him it is just being on the stage. It does not matter where he is – it is just special. It is like a church. People come to the theater with lots of problems of their own. The performers on the stage have the duty to take the spectators to another place. To offer them love, peace, happiness and comfort through art, no matter whether it is music or theater or what.
The annual series of the jazz legends started thirteen years ago, an event for the well known musicians playing. Stripling stated it as straight-up-and-down and mainstream.
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Grammy winning jazz artist George Duke passed away on Monday in Los Angeles. Television channels reported that he was battling with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
In a statement, his son Rashid Duke told that the outpouring of support and love that they has received from his father’s friends, fans and the whole music community has been quite overwhelming. He also thanked everyone for their concern, support and prayers.
During his fifty year career as a jazz producer and keyboardist, Mr Duke put out over forty albums and co-operated with artists like the Don Ellis Orchestra, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole and Gladys Knight. DreamWeaver, his final album was released on 16th July and made its debut at number one on Billboard’s contemporary jazz list.
Last year, his Corine died from cancer.
Justin Timberlake Nile Rodgers and several others voiced their sorrow after the death of jazz and funk great George Duke. The news sent a shockwave in the US music industry, and his friends and fans were quick to pay tribute.
Pop superstar Timberlake tweeted: “RIP George Duke. Funk, Jazz, Music legend… One of the greatest,”
In another tweet, he said: “George Duke RIP my co-music director Montreux Jazz (Festival) 2006 – Your funk made us ‘Reach For It’.”
R&B star Baker wrote: “R.I.P. George Duke, legendary jazz/funk keyboardist/producer,”
In her tweet Diane Warren said: “So sorry to hear of the passing of George Duke. Thank U (sic) for the music. Legend.”
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Frank Wright Middle School’s assembly room was filled to capacity with finger snapping, toe tapping community members in the nineteenth Afternoon of Jazz concert event here on Sunday. Jimmie Cannon’s Valley Jazz started the festivities as well as featured Cannon’s son – Derek, as the special musical guest.
Derek told that this really brings back a lot of fond memories. It is great to see old friends and it is just another way to keep his father’s memory alive.
Along with Valley Jazz, the musical talents of different high school jazz bands in Imperial Valley were also on the display for dozens of attendees. Derek told that this is really great to see the community so supportive of the students and music education.
The event also recognized 6 student musicians from the different high schools with Danny Valladolid Memorial Scholarship that was made in memory of Valladolid, the man who passed away in the year 1993 from leukemia and he was one of the original members of the Valley Jazz when it started in the year 1988, told Renee Baker, who is one of the founding members of the group.
Baker told that the students are recommended by their directors and awarded the scholarship as a way to serve them further their music education. One of this year’s recipients wants to go to jazz camp, so he would be able to use the money for that.
Braden Rollins was one of the 6 students honored and he told that he has worked really hard this year. He has been practicing a lot and taking lessons and he thinks his director saw that.