george duke*Well now, have we got some new good stuff for you.

We’ve just partnered with Sweden’s DJ Soulswede of to bring you in-depth interviews with some of your favorite R&B/Soul/Jazz artists. You’ll hear from legendary names like Sheila E, James D-Train  Williams, the late Teena Marie and lot’s more. Today, we’ll begin our series with the incomparable funk/jazz master musician, George Duke

First, some quick background info on Mr. Duke:

George Duke was born in San Rafael, California, and reared in Marin City, a working class section of Marin County. When he was just four years old, his mother took him to see Duke Ellington in concert.

“I don’t remember it too well,” says George, “but my mother told me I went crazy. I ran around saying ‘Get me a piano, get me a piano!’”

He began his piano studies at age seven, absorbing the roots of Black music in his local Baptist church.

“That’s where I first began to play funky. I really learned a lot about music from the church. I saw how music could trigger emotions in a cause-and-effect relationship.”

By the age of sixteen, George had played with a number of high school jazz groups. He was heavily influenced by Miles Davis and the soul-jazz sound of Les McCann and Cal Tjader. Attending the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music and majoring in trombone and composition with a minor in contrabass, he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1967.
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