Posted in music | tour dates on August 6, 2013

by Fred Pessaro

George Duke

R&B/Funk/Jazz fusion artist George Duke has passed away at age 67, according to Radio Facts:

Radio Facts is sorry to report that vet musician George Duke died last night on August 5. No word yet on what happened but we will keep you posted. Duke just completed an album [Dreamweaver] and was in the process of promoting it after losing his wife and falling into a depression just a year ago.
Sad, sad news.

Besides being a solo artist on his own, Duke has also collaborated with a variety of notables, including names like Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Deniece Williams, Miles Davis and many others. He has also been sampled/interpolated a variety of times over the years, including Daft Punk, Kanye West, MF Doom, Ice Cube and more.

The legendary keyboardist was scheduled to play BB King's this weekend (August 10).

RIP, George Duke. Though you definitely left your mark on pop music and beyond. Head below for some classic tracks and songs from Dreamweaver.




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Comments (15)

Such amazing music! His work with the Mothers is an inspiration. My favorite incarnation of the band--he really held them together. Shine on, George!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 10:52 AM

funky in the dunky

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 10:54 AM

Be Bop Tango

So sad


Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 11:02 AM

When you start off working with Sonny Rollins and then go on to work with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention....what can I say, his timing and phrasing were imeccable...

Posted by Joshua Sanders | August 6, 2013 11:04 AM

What a great loss. Amazing musician. Saw him with Stanley Clarke at B.B. King's not too long ago and they were incredible as usual. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 11:08 AM

According to USA Today, he had been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 11:42 AM

@11:04- He was NOT part of the MOI he was part of The Mothers, a totally different band and period of FZ but otherwise you're spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 11:59 AM

this just brought on tears..grew up on his Zappa stuff..ugh

Posted by J | August 6, 2013 12:46 PM

...Another great one and my favorite pianist...the Dukie Stick himself...George Duke...gettin' funky at Java Jazz

Posted by Liam | February 21, 2014 11:18 AM

Another great one and my favorite pianist...the Dukie Stick himself...George Duke...gettin' funky at Java Jazz

Posted by Robinson | March 11, 2014 9:18 AM


Posted by Brayan | May 14, 2014 5:02 AM

One of the best keyboard-players I know, Nice Jazz

Posted by Aubrianna | June 2, 2014 12:44 PM

This man was my favorite musician of all, I met him once when I was on the road with the Fat Back Band and it was one of the the highlights of my life. The world lost a great man of music and song. I miss him and wonder what fantastic music he would have continued to create.

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