George Duke Legacy Project


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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 make a tax-deductible contribution by writing a check: 

Send it to:   SJO

                     PO Box 1421

                     Culver City, CA 90232

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

 Attend a private concert given by Dianne Reeves in an intimate home setting!

In support of the George Duke Legacy Project, Grammy-Award winning vocalist Dianne Reeves will perform a private house concert on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2015 in Brentwood, CA.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW...There are only 7 pairs of tickets remain for this intimate fundraiser and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are $600 per couple and include a wine and cheese reception prior to the concert.

The tax-deductible tickets can be purchased through the site by

clicking here.

You may also mail a check, payable to SJO, to Symphonic Jazz Orchestra PO Box 1421 Culver City, CA 90232.  Please feel free to call the SJO office with questions at 310/993-4635.


George Duke Legacy Project Supporters


Leslie Adler Dena Dahilig Buell Neidlinger C. Brown
Marty Ashby George Fecske Tin Hoang & Leia Nghiemphu Perry Dworkin
Connie Bland Anne Finestone Ray Robinson Barbara Glickman
Geoff Bland Jim Goldenberg Leonard & Caia Sasso Howard Banchik 
Patricia Carlson Jinko Gotoh Kit Thomas  Mike Peak
Jon Charles John Harris William Weathers  Booker White
Patrick Collins Cicely Mitchell Nigel Williams  Cindy & Steve Ruth
Madelrine Crouch Kristy Morris Barbara Abell  Melissa Hager

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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