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1 GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:38 am


Really sad to report this. My sympathies to you Boomer and to all the Duke family and friends.  Crying or Very sad 

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:13

It has been reported veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboard virtuoso George Duke has died aged 67. This news comes after a difficult period for the acclaimed keyboardist and composer whose wife Corine passed away just over a year ago. The Radio Facts website states that Duke died on 5 August but no other details have yet been confirmed as to the cause of his death, which comes while he had just launched his latest album, Dreamweaver, which he’d dedicated to his wife’s memory.

Former Supremes member and friend Sherrie Payne stated: “I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, 18 July that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.”

Other leading musicians including Headhunters bassist Paul Jackson reacted with sadness to the news of Duke’s death: "Just lost a great brother and friend George Duke RIP I know Heaven awaits you my sympathy to all your friends and family Paul Jackson." While jazz flautist Bobbi Humphrey posted on her Facebook page saying: "I am so hard trying. Too much to lose George! Please pray for me! George Duke! Forty years, my friend! Lord, why? Heaven! A little bit funkier! R.I.P. Dear Heart!"

Duke’s career spanned jazz, funk and fusion beginning with his modern own jazz group in the 1960s backing the likes of Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, but he was soon moving into the fusion terrain that would define much of his career as he began a longstanding musical partnership with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty in the early 1970s. He was invited to join Frank Zappa’s ground breaking band The Mothers Of Invention and worked with them from 1969-1975, while also going on to work with Sonny Rollins and co-lead a band with Billy Cobham. His solo career began to take shape too as he released a number of classic albums for MPS and Epic including Faces in Reflection, I Love the Blues, The Aura Will Prevail, Brazilian Love Affair, Master of the Game and Thief In the Night.

In the 1970s his producing credits also began to mount up and included work with Raul de Souza, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and A Taste of Honey as well as many funk and R&B artists such as the Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, 101 North, George Howard, Gladys Knight, Najee, Take 6, Howard Hewett, Chanté Moore, Everette Harp, Rachelle Ferrell (his key collaborator in the early-1990s), Gladys Knight, Keith Washington, Gary Valenciano, Johnny Gill and Anita Baker. The 1980s saw him team up with bass icon Stanley Clarke in their ongoing Clarke/Duke jazz fusion project as well as sessions with Miles Davis, while the 1990s and 2000s saw Duke focus on his solo career as producer/composer and performer – leading one of the leanest and meanest live bands around.

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

Peace,  TED

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2 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:27 am

Oh no...

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3 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:34 am

I remember seeing him and boomer at symphony hall in Boston, late 70's. Sad news to hear about this.

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4 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:33 pm


No Sad Shocked

I am in shock. I can't believe it.

How many of us were moved by
him? Impossible to number. He
was that important.


To the father of us, all - Billy Cobham!
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5 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:15 pm

My heart just sank! Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad 

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6 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:52 pm

I was shocked when getting an email this morning. My condolences to Mr. Duke's family and friends - particularly Boomer. Crying or Very sad 

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7 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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8 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:23 pm

This has made me Cry.

I just bought his latest CD.

What a Great Musician/Singer /Producer

RIP George



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9 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:23 pm

You know,

This happened just a little more than a year
after his wife died.  Sometimes losing someone
so near and dear to us is just more than we care
to bare.  

I had a friend (Greg) who though he was quite sick
but was hanging in there pretty well.  Then his 30
year old son died and Greg died a week later.

Word is that George was heavily depressed after
losing his beloved Corine.  On his last album he did
a touching tribute to her.  I don't believe he ever
recovered fully from the loss of his dearest.

The beautiful thing is they're together again and
George is now composing for the Most High and
all the Heavenly hosts.  Amen! sunny 

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10 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:05 pm

I just heard on the radio. My sincerest condolences to all his family and friends.

This is one of my favorite videos. Look how much fun George and Billy are having.

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11 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:53 am

George with Stanley and Herbie  1981
using the new LM1 drum machine.

Its on a Double LP  of all the piano stars on CBS
with a longer live NYC version.  (I hope it comes out on a CD)

Nice to see George on the Grand Paino
while Herbie plays Synthe. Towards the end.



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12 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:40 pm

I'm very sad!I've not had the chance to see him live in Paris,but of course have a lot of his music.R.I.P MR GEORGE DUKE.Peace to his family.Peace,Stef.

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13 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:25 pm

Leukemia. Must have been a long time battle. Never knew. Very sad, indeed.

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14 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:24 am

George using New Digital recording gear
at Paramount Studios LA

George Duke - Keyboards, Moogs , Vocals, solos
Sheila E. on Congas , solo at ending
Ndugu on Drums and Timbales, solo
Bryon Miller - Electric Bass
Charles Icarus Johnson - Guitar, solo
Wah Wah Watson - Guitar
Petsye Powell & Patti Brooks - Backing Vocals

This is a outstanding Band Track
fast pace track  composed by
G.Duke , S.Escovedo , N. Chancler
B.Miller and C.I. Johnson

10 Outta 10



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15 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:40 pm

My condolences goes out to his loved ones. I've seen him perform with a jazz christian band on christian TV (Trinity) the other night. Has anyone seen that? it was pretty cool with some awesome musicians and singers. I believe, but don't hold me to this, is that the woman singer may have been Hathaway's daughter...she was incredible! There was a part where George had a standing ovation and he humbly stood up from his piano and started to weep tears of impeccable joy. I believe it was his heart-confirmation of God's love throughout the years of God gracing him with incredible success or, it may have been a piece of music written having his wife in mind.
God bless the brother and may we see that eternal concert in the air.



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16 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:44 am

Amen, Rac... Well said!

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17 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:42 am

George Duke Memorial Service: Stanley Clarke, Aug. 19th



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18 Re: GEORGE DUKE HAS PASSED AT 67 on Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:55 am

At the end of Bryon Miller's talk
you may have & share a tear.



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