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George Benson: Paying Dues with Jack McDuff

Brotherly love

An ad for a 1965 concert featuring the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet; McDuff is at center, with George Benson above. (Courtesy DaCapo Press)
An ad for a 1965 concert featuring the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet; McDuff is at center, with George Benson above. (Courtesy DaCapo Press)
George Benson publicity photo from 1963 (Photo courtesy of DaCapo Press)
Jack McDuff (l.) with George Benson in 1999 (Photo courtesy of DaCapo Press)
Brother Jack McDuff's "Hot Barbecue" album

In this excerpt from his recent autobiography, Benson (Da Capo), guitarist and vocalist George Benson remembers how the late organ master Brother Jack McDuff hired him, kept him out of jail, nearly fired him and ultimately kindled his career-one of the most successful in jazz history.

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