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George Duke – Mr. Funk

Hello People 🙂

Today, I’ll share with you the perfect recipe to make your body dance to the music!
You’ll just need a cup of Funk, 2 slices of R&B and a shot full of Groove.
Wait 5 minutes and George Duke shall appear to blow your mind! 🙂

By the way, Today is George’s 67th Birthday.© hansspeekenbrink.nlAll rights reserved
So, Happy Birthday George, this post will be my gift to you. 😉

The way I see George is as the result of a kid that was introduced to music really early in his life, somebody that was fortunate of having a good music education, and somebody who has stayed with the music all of his life. George got his bachelor of Music Degree in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music back in 1967, but wasn’t until 1976 that he decided he would be a solo artist, but lets not forget that in those 9 years George had the opportunity of playing with Al Jarreau, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and with Frank Zappa.

George seemed to be in an endless music adventure, he would take any opportunity to play or record an album. He has wrote and produced many albums, has acted as a musical director for numerous artists and television specials, appeared on NBC’s soap opera “Generations” in 1989, was named “Keyboardist Of The Year” in 1990 by the “Keyboard Magazine” for the second consecutive year.GeorgeDuke

And if that wasn’t enough for you, in 1992 he released the album “Snapshot” which is one of my favorite George Duke albums, it contains a variety of Funk in both fast and slow tempos, and some chill R&B tunes that will make you have a good listening time. I highly recommend taking a look at it.

I will leave a video in here so that you can have a little bit of the “Snapshot” album we were talking about, this song is called “No rhyme, No Reason” and for me this is one of those songs that will smoothly take you out of your body, the music will get deep into you and soon you’ll be enjoying him as much as I do.

Close your eyes and Enjoy 🙂

I had the opportunity of watching George Duke play in the “Riviera Maya Jazz Fest” in 2010, and I have to tell you, that he as a musician is quite extraordinary, but, as a person he is amazing! George is a really charismatic person, somebody that enjoys the moment, that makes everything straight from his heart, in a figured manner of course :P.george_duke_radio6

I still remember how he said that he knew it was a Jazz Festival, but the things needed to be funkier. And so it happened, 10 seconds later he began with a super groovy tune that made everybody in the crowd stand up and dance until the song finished.

If he has any concert around your city, don’t miss the opportunity of watching him play live!
If you want to know more about him or his upcoming shows you can Click Here to go to his Official Website.

Feel free to leave a comment in the section down below! 🙂

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”


Ahoy People!
Let me introduce to you a pair of awesome musicians, that will definitely give some sugar to your life. I’m talking about Mike Stern and Dave Weckl! :).

Mike Stern was born in Boston and studied at The Berklee College Of Music.
He has played with Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorious, Dennis Chambers, John Patitucci, and some other AWESOME MUSICIANS! come on, if you didn’t recognize any of the names listed above, start researching :).

Dave Weckl was born in St. Louis Missouri, and at the age of 16 he began to work professionally with some local pop and jazz groups. But then he got really good, and well, he got the opportunity to play with Chick Korea, Anthony Jackson, George Benson, Diana Ross and many other really good musicians that made Dave get richer musical

Both Experienced and the best ones on their genre, Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz, jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.
Dave Weckl is in the Hall of Fame of the Modern Drummer as “one of the 25 best drummers of all time”.
So imagine the music that each one of them has made in the last years… ok now imagine both Mike Stern And Dave Weckl playing along and you will get something like this. 😀

This song is called “Chromazone” from the album “Time in Place” I hope you like it.
Oh and here’s a funny thing, watch how Mike Stern is always moving his legs, hilarious. Enjoy 🙂

Awesome music, Awesome musicians, Awesome solos.
I bet you still got that song’s groove in your head, if you watch closely you can see how smiley Stern looks, but well, who wouldn’t be smiling like that when you have those musicians playing with you.
In this particular video, he is playing in Bulgaria With Dave Weckl (Drums), Richard Bona (Bass player) and Bob Malach (Saxofonist)

Mike Stern and Dave Weckl have been playing together for a long time. Mike has released 14 albums as a leader, and many other as a guest.
And Dave has been drumming for some of those albums.
Dave also spends some of his time working at his own studio in Los Angeles.

I had the opportunity of watching them play in november of 2010 in the “Riviera Maya Jazz Festival” at Playa del Carmen, México, beautiful place by the way, and actually I didn’t notice before but Richard Bona, the bass player shown in the video will play this november in the Festival.

So don’t let go any chance to watch these amazing musicians, because I can assure you that it’s worth it. 🙂

“Life is A Lot Like Jazz… It’s Best When You Improvise”