Hurricane Ike deprived Houstonians of many things when it hit a couple of months ago, including a night of live, stankified jazz. Heres the deal: Jazz/funk great George Duke was supposed to headline a concert at the Arena Theatre September 13. However, Ikes tumultuous weather and aftermath forced the show to be postponed to Saturday. Its very likely Duke will hit us with some classics did somebody say Reach for It? as well as selections from his latest album, Dukey Treats (Heads Up). Giggle-worthy title aside, Treats is Duke doing what he does best putting his trademark stank everywhere he can. Along with Duke, Houstons very own Jazz Crusaders will also be on the bill. Bear in mind this group is Wayne Hendersons Jazz Crusaders, led by the founding member and trombonist and featuring Houstonian Ronnie Laws on saxophone. (If you want to hear fellow Jazz Crusaders co-founders Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper together, pick up 2003 LP Rural Renewal, made under the bands 70s name, The Crusaders.) All I know is, if Henderson doesnt play Street Life, hes seriously depriving us of primo, soulful and yes! seriously stanked-up jazz.
Sat., Nov. 22, 2008