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AN EMOTIONAL BJF TRIBUTE TO GEORGE DUKE
by Malcolm Lewis BarnesAN EMOTIONAL BJF TRIBUTE TO GEORGE DUKE Jazz musicians and performance have a reputation for wearing their emotions on their sleeve. And that was the case when Chante Moore, Phil Perry and Everette Harp paid tribute to their mentor and friend in a ‘Remembering George Duke’ performance at the Berks Jazz Fest earlier this month. Duke who passed away in 2013 of leukemia, produced three of Chante Moore’s first five albums between 1992 and 2008, when she went solo without her then husband Kenny Lattimore on ‘Love The Woman’. The Super Couple would later divorce and go their separate ways, but not before crossing paths with Phil Perry and Everette Harp who were also produced by Duke and collaborated on a number of albums over the years. “We miss him”, said Perry as he broke down in tears on stage with a loving embrace from Chante Moore after a sweet duet. And after that emotional moment band leader Harp invited monster bass man Michael Manson of ‘Dukey Stick’ fame and along with Brian Bromberg, Brian Simpson and the Berks Horns, that wrapped up their two hour set with a joyous rocking tribute to the man who made the ‘Dukey Stick’ famous!