Fresh from a co-headlining Caribbean Musical Cruise he shared with legendary jazz/funk/prog bassist Stanley Clarke, George Duke brings his own band to the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College (1300 Elmwood Ave.), at 8 p.m. next Friday.
Duke, one of the pre-eminent jazz-based keyboardists to have emerged from the funk-fusion milieu of the 1970s, was most recently in Buffalo last year with friends David Sanborn and Marcus Miller to launch the BPO Nation concert series in Kleinhans Music Hall. Not at all surprisingly, Duke killed it at that show, his fiery blend of immaculate chops and soulful, funky lines combining to jaw-dropping effect. Now, Duke is touring behind his "Déjà Vu" album, a collection that, according to its creator's liner notes, comprises "a look back at some styles I was interested in during the early parts of my career." These include jazz, soul and progressive hybrids of the variety he explored while working with one of Frank Zappa's finest touring ensembles. Expect to hear a little bit of all of these at next Friday's show.
Tickets are $35 and $40, with applicable discounts for students and seniors. Visit www.buffalostatepac.org.