Jazz Fusion Pioneer George Duke Dead At 67

george-dukeRadio Facts reports that jazz fusion pioneer George Duke has died, at age 67.

George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an innovative keyboard player, composer, arranger, producer and a favorite of keyboardists for decades. He recorded 30+ solo albums and is well-known for his work with Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, Billy Cobham, Micheal Jackson, Miles Davis and many others.

Duke was active to the end, with his most recent release, Dreamweaver, dedicated to the memory of his wife Corine.

Here are some videos that showcase Duke’s approach to electronic keyboards:


The video above captures George Duke playing the Rhodes 7 at the 2007 NAMM Show, performing “It’s On”.

The video below captures George Duke + Greg Phillinganes jamming at Spectrasonics, as part of their Artist Video Series:

This video captures George Duke giving a tour of his studio earlier this year:

Finally, the video below is Duke’s introduction to his latest album, Dreamweaver:

9 thoughts on “Jazz Fusion Pioneer George Duke Dead At 67

  1. Rip George . You were the best.
    I just saw the new Zappa DVD FZ on TV with the ’74 Mothers . Mr. Duke was such a great musician. Watch him jam on that Arp 2500.

  2. I am friends with a few of George’s family and one of them called me yesterday morning with the news about him. Indeed, so sad to lose him this soon in his life. He apparently had been suffering from lymphoma.

  3. Awake in Peace and Ongoing Musicianship, which as one of his primary collaborators said is the true form of love. Truly a Great One.

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