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Jan. 12, 1946 - Aug. 5, 2013


Pianist George Duke was born January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California.

Duke played trombone in high school, and earned his bachelor's degree in trombone and composition from the San Fransisco Conservatory, and his Master's in composition from San Fransisco State University.

In the 1970's he performed and recorded with the Don Ellis Orchestra.

Duke composed and produced songs for Miles Davis, and was successful in R&B and funk as well as jazz.

In 1967 George Duke began experimenting with jazz fusion on recordings with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

He toured Europe with Billy Cobham throughout the '70s.

Heavily influenced by R&B, Duke released a string of funk based instrumental tracks.

Duke was a jazz keyboard innovator responsible for more than 30 solo albums. He also collaborated with Frank Zappa.

The George Duke Band perform two numbers featuring Billy Cobham.


George Duke, keyboard
Billy Cobham, drums
Ray Fuller, guitar
Brian Simpson, Keyboard
Larry Kimpel, bass

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