Soul Jazz Proponent 'Captain' Jack McDuff Dies

His soulful Hammond B-3 organ graced recordings by George Benson, Jimmy Forrest, his own solo albums.

"Captain" Jack McDuff, whose soulful Hammond B-3 organ graced recordings by George Benson and Jimmy Forrest as well as his own solo albums, died Tuesday in Minneapolis at age 74.

McDuff, who lived for the last 11 years in Minneapolis after spending most of his career in Chicago and New York, died of an apparent heart attack, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The organist was one of the foremost proponents of soul jazz, and his albums with Forrest — including 1960'sTough 'Duff and 1961's The Honeydripper, both on Prestige — are among the genre's finest.

The organist, also known as "Brother" Jack McDuff, also played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Stitt and Jimmy Witherspoon during his 40-year career. He released three albums in 1999 — Bringin' It Home, Together Again and Kisses.

He's survived by his wife, Kathy, and two stepchildren.