"Play it Forward"
In memory of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's co-music director, we have created the George Duke Legacy Project.
George Duke was a musical innovator, creator, and mentor to so many. His legacy as a recording artist is vast, from Cannonball Adderly to Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa to Michael Jackson, to over 40 recordings as a solo artist. Simply put, George forever changed the landscape of jazz, r&b, funk, pop and classical music.
For over nine years, George Duke served as co-music director of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. During his tenure, George appeared in numerous concerts and benefits as soloist with the SJO, and in 2011 composed a new concerto for bass soloist Christian McBride and the SJO.
The project will raise funds through an Indiegogo crowd sourcing campaign for the:
- Recording of George Duke's "Bass Concerto" for Christian McBride & the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
- SJO's ongoing "Music in the Schools" residency programs in underserved communities throughout Southern California
- Creation of the ASCAP/George Duke Commissioning Competition.
If you would prefer to contribute by writing a check:
Please make it out to: SJO or Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Send it to: SJO, P.O. Box 1421, Culver City CA 90232
SJO's Free Community Concert
Congratulations to James Hill, winner of the
SJO Summer Sweepstake's
Yamaha Digital Recorder.
Thank you to all who participated!
Look for more contests during the
George Duke Legacy Project
fundraising campaign currently underway.