The Paramount Jazz Series Presents: ClarkeDuke 4 Bring It!

Saturday, June 23rd 2012

ARTIST BIO

Multi-Grammy Award winning George Duke has worked with a Whos Who of musical greats, including Cannonball Adderly, Anita Baker, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, and Diane Reeves. One of the foremost keyboard pioneers, George helped usher in the 70s fusion revolution with his work with Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa. Through the years, along with his 30 solo projects and busy producing schedule, George has acted as musical director for numerous artists and television specials, including the Soul Train Music Awards (nine years), and NBCs Sunday Night Show.

Stanley Clarke became the first bassist in history who could double on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity, and the first bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Clarke co- founded the seminal fusion group Return to Forever with Chick Corea. Hes also collaborated with are Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and Aretha Franklin. An accomplished film and TV composer, his credits include Boyz N The Hood, Passenger 57, Romeo Must Die, and The Transporter.

In 1981 George and Stanley began their official collaboration together with the release of Clarke/Duke Project, which produced the top ten smash hit, Sweet Baby. Over the course of their other funkfilled and genre-smashing collaborations, Clarke and Duke have created performances full of fun, energy, and exceptional musicianship with a big bottom and keyboard flights of fancy. More of the same fantastic musical roller-coaster ride is on the way with their new tour.