August 9, 2011 | Doris Boardman, Website and SEO Manager

This is your last chance to buy tickets to a concert this summer at the Gardens! The weather tonight will be perfect -- partly cloudy, breezy and mild. Bring a picnic and some wine and enjoy these jazz legends under the stars. Buy tickets online today or at the gate tonight.

David Sanborn, George Duke and Marcus Miller
Tuesday, Aug. 9 – York Street
Doors at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets still available!

Here is another great pre-concert review, courtesy of Gardens' member Rick Hum. 

George Duke (keyboards), Marcus Miller (bass) and David Sanborn (saxophone) are touring together as DMS; each a leader and composer in his own right. All three are music masters, critically acclaimed, commercially successful Grammy Award winners.

George Duke: Born January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California. When he was just four years old, his mother took him to see Duke Ellington in concert. George said,
"… my mother told me I went crazy. I ran around saying 'Get me a piano, get me a
piano!' " He began his piano studies at age seven, absorbing the roots of black music in his local Baptist church. He earned a bachelor's degree in trombone and composition with a minor in contrabass from the San Francisco Conservatory in 1967. Duke teamed up with Jean-Luc Ponty to form the George Duke Trio. At a Los Angeles gig in 1969 the audience included Cannonball Adderly, Quincy Jones and Frank Zappa. Before the year was out, Duke joined Frank Zappa as he put together the Mothers of Invention. In 1970 he could not refuse an offer to join Cannonball Adderly on tour. The two-year tour introduced him to many major musicians, including Stanley Clarke. Through the years, George Duke has collaborated with most of the major players in jazz and jazz fusion.

Marcus Miller: Born William Henry Marcus Miller Jr. on June 14, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in a musical family that includes his father, a church organist and choir director; and uncle, jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. By 13, Marcus was proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar, and writing songs. Two years later he was working regularly in New York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz flautist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a first call session musician, gracing well over 500 albums, including Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Frank Sinatra, Dr. John, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr., Luther Vandross and many others. He recorded 14 albums with David Sanborn between 1975 and 2000.

David Sanborn: Born on July 30, 1945 in Tampa, Florida. He contracted polio when he was three years old. As a part of his rehabilitative therapy, David was introduced to the saxophone. It was an introduction with consequences quite beyond the imagination of his parents, doctors – or anyone else. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, David was tremendously inspired by the rich legacy of great Chicago blues artists who would play their way through town. Before he finished high school, David had played with names such as Albert King and Little Milton. "When I was 17 or 18," David has said, "I realized that I didn't enjoy anything as much as I enjoyed playing music." David studied music for a year at Northwestern University, then the University of Iowa. He joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played with them for 5 years, including Woodstock. With the demise of the Butterfield Blues Band he started touring with Stevie Wonder. This connection led to brief stints with The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. He started his solo career in 1975 and has since released 27 albums.


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