duffy king

duffy king

BandRockBlues

A Power Trio with horns. Funky, Bluesy, with a Rock edge and attitude. Great, tight live performance band, with super high caliber musicianship, lending itself to adventurous jams. Memorable melodies/hooks on original material. Excellent song choices and arrangements of covers.

Biography

Combining elements of Blues, Rock, Funk and Jazz, Duffy King and his "Koalition" can take an audience on a musical adventure that can give you ear candy, but will also make you groove down to your soul, drawing on a wide variety of influences ranging from Beatles, Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Bill Connors, James Brown, Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire, Miles Davis, Allman Brothers Band, Herbie Hancock, Police/Sting, Alan Holdsworth.

Energetic, kinetic grooves, driving rhythms, searing, blistering leads, finesse and feel are words that have been used to describe Duffy's style of guitar playing. Duffy started playing the guitar at age 11, and began playing professionally at 18, basically having almost a lifetime of professional experience. Hailing from Northern MI., Duffy has spent a large part of his life living in the Detroit area, amongst it's great musical heritage. He also lived in South Florida, New York City, while giging & touring extensively throughout the U.S. and all four corners of the world. Along with constant performing, Duffy has done numerous studio sessions, including nationally televised ads as well as major label releases that have been nominated for Grammy Awards and Billboard Magazine awards. The combination of these accomplishments, and performing with an array of world class musicians, has earnd him a reputation as a top caliber guitarist. Well versed in all styles of playing, Duffy is best known for his potent Jazz/Rock and R&B/Funk chops. Duffy's talent doesn't stop with playing guitar. His song writing skills have won awards in Billboard Magazine's Songwriter's Contest, Marlboro's National Talent Search, and received acclaim for his solo release, Living' for the Big Time, which charted in the top 10 on many radio stations throughout the midwest region.
From 2000-2007, Duffy has been nominated every year in multiple catagory's of The Detroit Music Awards, including Outstanding Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Band, Recording, taking home 4 Awards.

2002 brought the release of Duffy’s recording, Solo Guitar Christmas. A collection of holiday classics uniquely arranged and performed on a single guitar. Solo Guitar Christmas received rave reviews and was nominated for 2003 Detroit Music Awards Outstanding Jazz Recording. Duffy has laid guitar tracks on recordings that have been nominated for Grammy and World Music Awards.
Clinician performances include- Winter and Summer NAMM, The major international musical instrument & technology expo shows in Frankfort,Germany - Luzern,Switzerland - Paris,France - Tokyo,Japan, Stockholm,Sweden - Singapore, Albums/Videos/Tours/Concert Highlights- Earl Klugh - World Tour '89 - '91, bugs Beddow Band, Miguel Tomas (Musical Director), Matthias Reim The Groove Dawgs, The King Brothers, Witness, Eddie Kendricks, Duffy King Band, Memphis in May Festival, KFOG Sky Concert Festival, Ford International Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Charles Stuart Trio.
Labels- Polygram, Warner Brothers, RCA Producers/Songwriters- Kathy Kosins, Miguel Thomas, Alan Hewitt, Bruce Nazarian, Eric Morgensen, Michael Brooks, Mark Nilan, John Jazack, Matt Morrow, Rob Emanuel.
Television/Commercials- Chevrolet Cars and Trucks, Ford Motor Co., Spirit Airlines, Marathon Oil, Lipton. Various live televised and radio simulcast concerts.

Various Musicians- Duffy has performed onstage or recorded with: Marshall Tucker Band - Earl Klugh - Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Whitesnake, Gary Hoey)- Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs,WInger,Jazz is Dead) - Gene Dunlop (Earl Klugh) - Jeff Berlin(everybody!) - Ron Pangborn (Was Not Was, Matthew Sweet) - Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)- Ralph Armstrong (Frank Zappa, Jean Luc Ponty, EarlKlugh) - Larry McCray - Andy Timmons (Danger, Danger, Simon Phillips,Leann Rimes) - Larry Frantangelo (Earl Klugh, Aretha Franklin)- Luis Resto (Was Not Was,Eminem) - Paul Ojibaway (Joe Cocker, Mark Farner) - Rare Earth - Marty Montgomery (Sly Stone, Wild Cherry) - Doug Bare(Blackfoot) - Keb Mo’ Benny Rappa (Ted Nugent, Blackfoot) - Bugs Beddow(Maynard Ferguson, Earl Klugh) - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Rob Emanuel (Groove Dawgs, Bob Minzer) - Joe Hayden(Aretha Franklin ) - Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech, Chick Corea ) Marcus Belgrave Mike Lutz (Brownsville Station, Ted Nugent) - Matthias Reim - Steve Frarey(Jack McDuff, Jakkie) - Glenn Olds (Groove Dawgs, Bugs Beddow, Temptations) - Dana Davis(Winans,Witness)- Witness- Olteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers, Government Mule) - Charles Stuart

Discography

Duffy King "Livin' For The Big Time"
Smokin' Live w/bugs Beddow Band
"King Brother's Live"
Duffy King "Solo Guitar Christmas"
Currently recording a new summer release titled:
"Find Our Way Home", which will feature a duet with blues great, Larry McCray.

Set List

In addition to a solid 15 songs of original material, there is a large repertoire of covers thrown in ranging from Hendrix, John Coltrane, Allman Bros.
Earth, Wind, & Fire, Marvin Gaye, Sting, to name a few.
Sets are structured according to how many are required and whether the venue is dance or concert oriented.