Jack McDuff

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"Brother" Jack McDuff
Birth nameEugene McDuffy
BornSeptember 17, 1926
Champaign, Illinois, United States
DiedJanuary 23, 2001 (aged 74)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
GenresJazz, soul jazz, hard bop, jazz-funk, rhythm and blues
OccupationsMusician, bandleader
InstrumentsOrgan, singer
Years active1960—2001
LabelsPrestige, Atlantic, Blue Note, Concord
Associated actsGeorge Benson, Gene Ammons, Dick Morrissey, Jerry Weldon
 
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"Brother" Jack McDuff
Birth nameEugene McDuffy
BornSeptember 17, 1926
Champaign, Illinois, United States
DiedJanuary 23, 2001 (aged 74)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
GenresJazz, soul jazz, hard bop, jazz-funk, rhythm and blues
OccupationsMusician, bandleader
InstrumentsOrgan, singer
Years active1960—2001
LabelsPrestige, Atlantic, Blue Note, Concord
Associated actsGeorge Benson, Gene Ammons, Dick Morrissey, Jerry Weldon

"Brother" Jack McDuff (September 17, 1926 – January 23, 2001) was an American jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s, often performing with an organ trio.

Career[edit]

Born Eugene McDuffy in Champaign, Illinois, McDuff began playing bass, appearing in Joe Farrell's group.[1] Encouraged by Willis Jackson in whose band he also played bass in the late 50s, McDuff moved to the organ and began to attract the attention of Prestige Records while still with Jackson's group. McDuff soon became a bandleader, leading groups featuring a young George Benson,[2] Red Holloway on saxophone and Joe Dukes on drums.

McDuff recorded many classic albums on Prestige including his debut solo Brother Jack in 1960, The Honeydripper (1961), with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Grant Green,[2] and Brother Jack Meets The Boss (1962), featuring Gene Ammons, and Screamin’ (1962).

After his tenure at Prestige, McDuff joined the Atlantic Records label[1] for a brief period and then in the 70s recorded for Blue Note. To Seek a New Home (1970) was recorded in England with a line-up featuring blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon and some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar and Dick Morrissey on tenor sax.

The decreasing interest in jazz and blues during the late 70s and 1980s meant that many jazz musicians went through a lean time and it wasn't until the late 1980s, with The Re-Entry, recorded for the Muse label in 1988, that McDuff once again began a successful period of recordings, initially for Muse, then on the Concord Jazz label from 1991.[1] George Benson appeared on his mentor’s 1992 Colour Me Blue album.

Despite health problems, McDuff continued working and recording throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and toured Japan with Atsuko Hashimoto in 2000. "Captain" Jack McDuff, as he later became known, died of heart failure at the age of 74 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Compilations[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With George Benson

With Kenny Burrell

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Gene Harris

With Grant Green

With Willis Jackson

With Roland Kirk

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Mike Pachelli

With Sonny Stitt

With Winston Walls

With Jimmy Witherspoon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wynn, Ron; Porter, Bob. "Jack McDuff: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b Fordham, John (2001-01-27). "Obituary: Brother Jack McDuff". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 

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