The George Duke Legacy Project

DukeMcBrideCommClub In memory of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's co-music director, the SJO will launch 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

Fill in the form below for the George Duke Legacy Project Sweepstakes and to learn more about the launch of the campaign later this month.


Don't Miss
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's
FREE Community Concert 

Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of  
Rhapsody in Blue  
featuring pianist Bill Cunliffe

 Sun, Sep 28, 2014, 2:00 pm The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at 
Cal. State Long Beach
Join conductor Mitch Glickman and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra as they celebrate the work that began the symphonic jazz movement, George Gershwin's "A Rhapsody in Blue."  Hear the stories surrounding this celebrated American classic featuring pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer Jimmy Branly.

Invite your friends and family to this special event!
Price: FREE - Ticket Required, please reserve you seat by clicking here.


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 Deadline extended: Thursday, Sept. 18th at midnight

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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