LEGENDARY KEYBOARD PIONEER GEORGE DUKE DIES AT 67   For Immediate Release – GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist/composer/arranger/producer George Duke has died in Los Angeles at age 67. He was battling…


LEGENDARY KEYBOARD PIONEER GEORGE DUKE DIES AT 67

 

For Immediate Release – GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist/composer/arranger/producer George Duke has died in Los Angeles at age 67. He was battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

 

With almost a half a century career, Duke was one of the world’s most prolific jazz legends. From leading a jazz trio with a young Al Jarreau during his formative years to working with Jean-Luc Ponty, which afforded Duke’s first recording contract with MPS Records and his first exposure to Europe, to his incredible work with Cannonball Adderley, drummer Billy Cobham, and Frank Zappa, to his cherished stream of jazz-funk records in the ’70s, Duke found his mark not only in his eclecticism, but also his signature approach to the synthesizer, which often prized less pyrotechnics in favor of blues elements.

 

“We are all devastated by the sad news of George’s passing,” says Mark Wexler, General Manager of the Concord-Telarc Label Group. “He was a great man, a legendary, one-of-a-kind artist; and our hearts go out to his family. George will be missed by all.”

 

“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” says Rashid Duke, George’s son. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

 

Duke’s final recording, DreamWeaver, was released July 16, 2013 on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. The making of DreamWeaver occurred after his wife, Corine, passed away. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart.

 

MSNBC's Martin Bashir Remembers the Legacy of George Duke:

 

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking newsworld news, and news about the economy

Views: 93

Comment

You need to be a member of Uptown Jazz Dallas Organization to add comments!

Join Uptown Jazz Dallas Organization

Members

#ThisIsDallasJazz

Now available for purchase/download:

 

Featured Foodie Feed: CraveDFW

The Slow Bone and Mockingbird Both Donating Holiday Meals To Anyone

The Slow Bone (serving from 12 PM- 4 PM) and Mockingbird Diner (serving from 12 PM- 3 PM) to Host Freebird Coalition – Annual Free Thanksgiving Meal. Jeffery Hobbs of The Slow Bone and Jack Perkins of The Mockingbird Diner … Continue reading

8 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

by Steven Doyle It has been a terrific year; a blessing to be sure. How do we give back this holiday season? We have a few options below that might pique your interest. What better way than to assemble the … Continue reading

Fantastic Fish Tacos in Dallas

by Steven Doyle Baja seems to be the best place to tag the origins of the fish taco. All my research points there, at least as far as North Americans are concerned. The true fact is somewhat murkier and no … Continue reading

Dallas Enchilada All Star Line Up

by Steven Doyle Growing up in Dallas it would be difficult to avoid the enchilada. The Tex-Mex beauties delicately filled, rolled and sauced for your dining pleasure. And what great memories most Texans have as children growing up noshing on … Continue reading

A Tortilla Chip Legend Born in Del Rio

The smell of corn chips permeated the Garcia household in the formative days of the family corn-chip business. “I would go to school and the kids would tell me, ‘Man, you smell good,” recalls Miguel Garcia, who woke up early … Continue reading

Communicating Jazz:

© 2018   Created by Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service