August 17, 2013 by Josh Jackson Filed under Interviews
Credit: Scott Mitchell Photography
Christian McBride remembers George Duke in this WBGO special.
Hosted by Josh Jackson
Tags: Checkout, Christian McBride, George Duke, Josh Jackson, WBGO
What a great tribute. i have been a Duke fan for a long time. I was really saddned when I heard of his passing. I became a fan of his during his fusion years. Later on I was amazed at the different artist I knew that had his name on their linear notes as musician/writer/ producer.
Chritsian/Josh, what a great trip down memory lane. It has only been about one hour into the show, yet I am wondering if you will highlight any of the Duke/Clarke work?
I met George Duke in the Airport in San Jose in the 70″s. He was with band members walking to the exit gate, and I just hollered out ‘George Duke”. Response… “Hey man, what’s happenin”. Mello fellow. Stopped to talk abouthis music and went on. No pretenses. brought lots of life into my life through his musical talents.
I was introduced to the music of George Duke at the age of 15 when “I love the blues, she heard my cry” came out. What I appreciated about George Duke almost as much as his staggering skill level as a pianist was his warmth and humility. After having seen him perform live nearly a dozen times in 3 different cities he came to Richmond, Virginia in June of 2003 and gave me the unexpected thrill of inviting me onstage to sit in with his band. I became somewhat of a local celebrity because of that experience and I’m thankful to have made good on my opportunity to personally thank him for putting an emotional capstone on my life as a pianist. I couldn’t forget that night with my childhood hero if I had Alzheimer’s. Thank you again, Sir George Duke and may you forever Rest in Peace and Power.
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