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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… read more

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  • Avatar for Cantaloop63
    Dear George, thank you for being here und bringung us your music. I will never forget the great time we had when we visited your concerts. Rest in Peace
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for JamesHippieKid
    RIP.. I can't believe I didn't know.. :(
  • Avatar for albert0balsalm
    Lord rest his soul.. owned Faces in Reflection on vinyl 2 years now, still one of my fav jazz-fusion albums!
  • Avatar for 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 .....
  • Avatar for Washtali
    Much love and respect
  • Avatar for JJoherl
    Oh sad, as another musical genius has left us for better....without knowing his music I would be another person & I'm thankful for his inspiration & music over all those years....may he R.I.P.
  • Avatar for frankwillems
    The beautifull music of George Duke will keep us inspiring, over and over!
  • Avatar for SoulJazzsterInc
    I'm totally shocked. Didn't know he passed out O_O I'm very sad to hear that. RIP Mr Duke
  • Avatar for 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

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