via Couch Sessions: “Opening for KING was the local DC group Columbia Nights. This trio’s mostly instrumental set featured smooth, spacey, jazzy mid-tempo grooves, aided on some songs by live female violinist and vocalist Vaughan Octavia.”
I had the honor of meeting George Duke just a few months ago when he played the Blue Note with Stanley Clarke. After their set, I simply thanked him for all he had done for black music. He was also gracious enough to listen to our tribute, smiling and nodding with approval as he gestured to Stanley that he dug our music. (He was even more impressed that a young cat had found an original pressing of the Feel LP via import.)
Beyond his extraordinary talent, he was an extremely benevolent man with a humble and gentle spirit. He will be sorely missed, but his music will live forever.