George Duke Has Died

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Funk, Jazz, Music Business, R&B, Smooth Jazz
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The keyboard pioneer reportedly passed away last night at St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles. George Duke has died aged 67, after battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This news comes after a difficult period for the acclaimed keyboardist and composer whose wife Corine passed away just over a year ago. Duke’s record label Concord-Telarc have confirmed he died on 5 August in Los Angeles, his passing coming after he had just launched his latest album, Dreamweaver, which he’d dedicated to his wife’s memory.

The musician, singer, producer and composer leaves behind a stunning legacy that includes collaborations with the likes of Frank Zappa and albums such as the Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. Duke’s music has been sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and Madlib.

Duke had recently returned to form in the studio and remained a hugely popular live draw at festivals and jazz clubs around the world. He will be sorely missed by his legions of fans from both R&B/soul and jazz-fusion worlds.

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