In Memoriam | George Duke 1946 - 2013

Innovative jazz keyboardist, George Duke, who recently returned to the spotlight with an album dedicated to his late wife, died yesterday according to a report by Eurweb. The news comes from former Supremes member Scherrie Payne who wrote the following note to the Motown Alumni Association:

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, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.

Funeral services will be private.

Blessings,
Scherrie

[George Duke & Stanley Clarke - CC 2.0/Chris Hakkens at Wikipedia]

Duke had performed and recorded with a who's who of legendary musicians from a number of genres including Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Jill Scott and Sheila E. over his six decades in the music business. George may be best known to our readers for his stint as a member of Zappa's band in the '70s. The keyboardist lent his talents to such classic Mothers albums as Over-Nite Sensation, Apostrophe and One Size Fits All and hundreds of live shows.

Earlier this year Duke put out an album called DreamWeaver that was dedicated to his wife Corine, who passed away a year ago after battling cancer. The LP showed off the many sides of the versatile musician from avant-garde jazz to funk to R&B to soul. George had planned to tour behind the album. The cause of death is not known at this point.

Watch Duke perform with Zappa and The Mothers in 1973:

The JamBase Team would like to send our condolences to the Duke Family.

[Published on: 8/6/13]

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