Playboy Jazz Festival To Celebrate The Late George Duke


CBS San Francisco

(CBS SF/AP) – Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the legacy of their friend and musical partner George Duke on the opening day of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which is presenting the festival for the first time, announced the lineup for the June 14-15 event on Monday. George Benson and fellow smooth jazz guitarist Earl Klugh will headline the closing concert.

Saturday’s concert will pay tribute to Duke, the keyboardist, singer, composer and producer who headlined last year’s Playboy opener and was a frequent participant in the Los Angeles area’s biggest jazz event. Duke, 67, died of leukemia last August shortly after releasing his chart-topping contemporary jazz CD “Dreamweaver,” which included a straight-ahead acoustic jazz track featuring Clarke.

Jarreau first performed with Duke in the house band at San Francisco’s Half Note Club in the late…

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20 minutes with ROBERT GLASPER



Tired of the same old repetitive and disposable anthems that seem to pollute contemporary black radio, the Robert Glasper Experiment utilised their background in Jazz and recruited a number of R & B vocalists and rappers to create a fusion record. This album was used as a vessel to transcend Genre and perpetuate a singular vision of black consciousness. The said vessel was titled Black Radio – referencing the indestructible black box in an airplane – and went on to win a Grammy in 2013 for best R &B album. I caught up with Robert Glasper himself for a chat about the success of Black Radio and its follow-up Black Radio 2 , his Grammy win and his buddies on the east coast.

“When I lived in Texas, I didn’t really know much about hip-hop music. But when I moved to New York in ’97, I immediately met so many…

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Billy’s Blend: February 16, 2014


The Mindful Kettle


Music Pick:  An unheralded and under-appreciated jazz legend.  Kenny Dorham’s “Quiet Kenny” is a restrained and gentle stew of jazz at its finest.  Not as in your face as some of Miles’ best known work and as elegant and beautiful as any of Bill Evans’ piano masterpieces.

Tea Pick:  Golden Oolong.  A rich Oolong will set the mood just right for the first notes of Lotus Blossom.  Sit back, relax, breathe, and enjoy.  We are on planet Earth and alive!  Incredible.

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