On December 7 at noon, the group Duquette will perform world jazz - a style that that includes genres such as Brazilian samba, Puerto Rican Bomba, American jazz and funk, and African genres). They will be focusing their program on the music of Wayne Shorter. Wayne Shorter came to prominence in the mid 1960s as a member of Miles Davis' second great quintet, and went on to be a founding member of the enormously influential World Jazz group Weather Report. Shorter is included in a short list of the most respected and influential composers of contemporary popular music.
“Amazing multi-instrumentalist, Rob Duquette on percussion, guitar, vocals and whatever else he can fit in the van.”
"Rob Duquette really knocked me out!"
“Rob Duquette is equally at home behind the drum kit as well as front and center singing out the next number. A skilled percussionist, Duquette incorporates Latin, Carribean and Reggae influenced rhythms filtered through the lens of the classic American singer/songwriter.
-Nick Luca (Iron and Wine, Sheryl Crow, M Ward, Evan Dando, Calexico, M Ward, John Doe (X), Los Lobos...)
“All in all, Rob Duquette is an accomplished musician. With his prolific studies of African-American, North American and African music; he should be enjoying much success in all genres.”
~Kristen DiCarara-McClellan, Portland Press Herald
“Just about everything’s got a "world" feel. Duquette's not as goofy as other bands who trend kid-style, like They Might Be Giants, or silly at all on this release, but he's lighthearted even when tackling serious subjects.”
~Sam Pfeifle, The Portland Phoenix
Departments of Arts and ARTS@UNE
Stephen Burt- Arts