George Duke and Stanley Clark reunite to celebrate an "Easter Jazz Spectacular" with Boney James and Incognito featuring Maysa Leak and Najee on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
Tickets ($45.50, $65.50, $75.50 and $85.50) go on sale Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.
Bassist Stanley Clarke first teamed up with keyboardist George Duke in 1981 to form the Clarke/Duke Project; scoring a Top 20 hit single with "Sweet Baby." Over the course of their funk-filled and genre-smashing collaborations, including three albums, the two have created performances full of fun, energy, and exceptional musicianship.
Multi-Grammy Award-winner Stanley Clarke became the first bassist in history who could double on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. A veteran of over 40 albums, he won the 2011 Best Contemporary Jazz Album Grammy for his album The Stanley Clarke Band. Clarke co-founded the seminal fusion group Return to Forever with Chick Corea and Lenny White. Return to Forever won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for the disc Forever (2011). Clarke has collaborated with celebrated artists to include Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, and Keith Richards. An accomplished film and TV composer of over 60 projects, his credits include Boyz n the Hood (1991), the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), Romeo Must Die (2000) and The Transporter (2002). He has garnered three Emmy Nominations and a BMI Award for his scoring.
Keyboardist and vocalist George Duke, also a multi-Grammy Award winner, has worked with a who's who of musical greats, including Cannonball Adderley, Anita Baker, MiLes Davis, Al Jarreau, and Dianne Reeves. One of the foremost keyboard pioneers, he helped usher in the '70s fusion revolution with his work with Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa. Through the years, along with his solo projects and busy producing schedule, Duke has acted as musical director for numerous artists and television specials, including the Soul Train Music Awards and NBC's Sunday Night Show.
Boney James is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and a Soul Train Award-winning saxophonist is renowned for his compelling live performances. James began on the road as a keyboardist with Morris Day in 1985. After spending four years with Day and transitioning to the saxophone, James became an in-demand guest musician on tenor, alto, soprano, and flute, playing with Randy Crawford, Sheena Easton, the Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell, and others. To date, nine of James's albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and two have reached the top 10 on the R&B Albums Chart, a rare feat for an instrumental artist. James 14th album, The Beat, (feat. Raheem DeVaughn and The Floacist) is scheduled to be released on April 2nd, 2013.
An acid jazz project, with deep roots to the 1970s jazz, funk and fusion world, was originally formed by Jean-Paul Maunick and Paul "Tubbs" Williams. Incognito debuted with the single "Parisienne Girl" off 1981's Jazz Funk album. The 1991 single "Always There" became a Top Ten hit as part of Britain's booming acid jazz scene, prompting the release of Incognito's second album, Inside Life. With 1992's Tribes Vibes + Scribes, Maunick added vocalist, Maysa Leak to the lineup and a their hit cover of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" soon followed.