The George Duke Legacy Project Now Open



"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

A big thank you to all who attended

SJO's Free Community Concert
 at the 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center at 
Cal. State Long Beach
on Sunday September 28th
The concert was a huge success! Conductor Mitch Glickman and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra along with featured pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer Jimmy Branly celebrated the 90th anniversary of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Thank you Carpenter Performing Arts Center team, Film Funds Trust Fund, Music Performance Fund, California Arts Council, Herb Alpert Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Arts Council of Long Beach, Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts, North Coast Brewing Company, Vines on the Marycrest Vineyard, Surfa's,
Trader Joe's, and Michele Roberge.


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.

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Founded in 2001, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz through its commissioning program, and inspiring the next generations of listeners through its “Music in the Schools” program, and Community Outreach Program.   Learn More