Multi-Grammy Award winning bandleader, producer, composer and keyboardist, George Duke has worked with a Who’s Who of musical greats, including Cannonball Adderly, Anita Baker, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, and Diane Reeves. One of the foremost keyboard pioneers of our era, George helped usher in the 70’s fusion revolution with his early work with Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa. Through the years, along with his 30 solo projects and busy producing schedule, George has acted as musical director for numerous artists and television specials, including the Soul Train Music Awards (nine years), and NBC's Sunday Night Show.
Stanley Clarke became the first bassist in history who could double on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity, as well as the first bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. After arriving on the jazz scene in 1971, Clarke co founded the seminal fusion group “Return to Forever” with Chick Corea. Among the greats he’s collaborated with are Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and Aretha Franklin. An accomplished film and TV composer, his credits include “Boyz N The Hood,” “Passenger 57”, “Romeo Must Die”, and “The Transporter.”
In 1981 George and Stanley began their official collaboration together with the release of their first album, “Clarke/Duke Project”, which produced the top ten smash hit, “Sweet Baby.” Two other albums have followed, and 2006 marks their first extended tour together since 1990.