George Duke Dies
January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013
Jazz Pianist, Music Producer, College Professor
George Duke (born January 12, 1946 in San Rafael – August 5, 2013. Los Angeles) was a multi-faceted American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He had worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.