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San Rafael, CA, USA (1968 – 2013)

George Duke (b. 12 Jan 1946 in San Rafael, CA, USA - d. 5 Aug 2013 in Los Angeles, CA), was a pianist and synthesizer pioneer, who also majored in the trombone. Early influences: Les McCann and cousin Charles Burrell. First gig was with the house band at the Half Note club and with vocal band Third Wave in 1968, from there he backed such musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham and Don Ellis, playing session musician on Jean-Luc Pontys Pacific Jazz Albums.1970 was a milestone for Duke playing on The Mothers of Invention album 200 Motels.

He then went on to join The Cannonball Adderley Quintet recording at least six albums with Adderley. Further collaborations with Frank Zappa and Billy Cobham came his first venture into the charts with “Reach for It” and “Dukey Stick”. Reverting to his roots his “Brazilian Love Affair” album even impressed his jazz critics after many accused him of selling out to .

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  • cooper062

    George Duke was one of a few artist that was versitile in many music genres. His many accomplishments were Sweet Baby, with Stanley Clarke. That song went to No, 1 on the R&B charts, and on Billboard Top 10 Pop charts. He was also known fro songs such as, Reach For It, Dukey Stick, Say That You Will, Heroes, and Reach Out, just to name a few. George Duke was one of the greats in popular music. He will be greatly and sadly missed by everyone who loved his music. George Duke,,, May you rest in peace.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    RIP.. I can't believe I didn't know.. :(

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • albert0balsalm

    Lord rest his soul.. owned Faces in Reflection on vinyl 2 years now, still one of my fav jazz-fusion albums!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Mr. George Duke, thanks for sharing your Music ..... You are special and thanks also for following your dream from the time of a little boy ..... It's such a Blessing to follow your dream, share your gift with all, and become successful ..... So many Special and Talented Artists have left us ...... Heaven is full of Music of all kinds .....

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Washtali

    Much love and respect

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JJoherl

    Oh my...so sad, as another musical genius has left us for better....without knowing his music I would be another person & musician...so I'm thankful for his inspiration & music over all those years....may he R.I.P.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • frankwillems

    The beautifull music of George Duke will keep us inspiring, over and over!

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    I'm totally shocked. Didn't know he passed out O_O I'm very sad to hear that. RIP Mr Duke

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • eiichan

    it is an honor to be able seeing him in live concert for these past 3 years. you'll surely be missed, Mr. George Duke. RIP

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    RIP brotha

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kidfortoday

    Legend

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dlucky67

    RIP MR ''DUKEY STICK''....

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • trickyroman

    God.. noooooooooooooo

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Rest in peace brother...

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • naymandij

    R.I.P. Mr. George Duke... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqp71DOJ3aY

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mikesmusic107

    Rest George, you will be missed but the musical footprint you left will last forever. What a great life! I honor you...

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • basedBiTCH-

    R.I.P. <3

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • frince69

    RIP.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • venue

    We'll miss you George!

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • uddback

    see you soon , always in our heart

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
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