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Jack McDuff

"Brother" Jack McDuff
Birth name Eugene McDuffy
Born September 17, 1926
Champaign, Illinois, United States
Died January 23, 2001 (aged 74)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genres Jazz, soul jazz, hard bop, jazz-funk, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader
Instruments Organ, vocals
Years active 1960–2001
Labels Prestige, Atlantic, Blue Note, Concord
Associated acts Gene Ammons, Dick Morrissey, Jerry Weldon

"Brother" Jack McDuff (September 17, 1926 – January 23, 2001) was an American George Benson his first break.


  • Career 1
  • Discography 2
    • As leader 2.1
    • Compilations 2.2
    • As sideman 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Born Eugene McDuffy in

External links

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


  • The Blues is Now (Verve, 1967)

With Jimmy Witherspoon

  • Boss of the B3 (Schoolkids Records, 1993)

With Winston Walls

With Sonny Stitt

  • Meeting Point (Fullblast, 1999)

With Mike Pachelli

  • Double Barrelled Soul (Atlantic, 1968)

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Roland Kirk

With Willis Jackson

With Grant Green

  • (Down Home) Blues (Concord Jazz, 1996)

With Gene Harris

  • It's About Time (Concord Jazz, 1996)

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Hank Crawford

With Kenny Burrell

  • The New Boss Guitar of George Benson (Prestige, 1964)

With George Benson

With Gene Ammons

As sideman

  • Brother Jack McDuff Plays for Beautiful People (Prestige, 1960-63 [1968])


As leader


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.[2]

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.

After his tenure at Prestige, McDuff joined the Atlantic 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.

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] Brother Jack Meets The Boss (1962), featuring Gene Ammons, and Screamin’ (1962).

on drums. Joe Dukes on saxophone and Red Holloway [2]

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