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Lubomir Doruzka, a well known music critic, who guided his readers through the world of jazz music in the riotous twentieth century, has passed away. He was 89. Petr, Doruzka’s son, confirmed the news on Monday to Czech public radio, where Lubomir used to have a regular jazz show.
Doruzka, born in 18th March, 1924, first penned about jazz for a magazine during the 2nd World War when Nazi troops occupied Czechoslovakia and jazz coming from American enemy was censored. After a Communist takeover in the year 1948, Lubomir gave Czechs a scope to read the literature of Jazz Age with his F. Scott Fitzgerald translations. He also published a number of pop and jazz music books and served create Prague’s International Jazz Festival as well as the International Jazz Federation.
Speaking about jazz, we must also inform that well known pianist Geoffrey Keezer is all set to perform a solo recital at Soka Performing Arts Center on 21st February, 2014, Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at $28 while it is $21 for students and aged above sixty two. Tickets can also be purchased at – performingarts.soka.edu.
With his unique compositions, acclaimed performances, discography in a variety of configurations Geoffrey Keezer bids the attention normally reserved for the living jazz legends. Keezer has more than enough sheer and virtuosity. He was playing jazz since he was a teenager.
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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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