January 12, 1946-August 5, 2013
Jazz artist and keyboardist George Duke died yesterday. He was 67. The cause of death has yet to be announced. Duke was known for his work in jazz music, starting his career by playing with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Over the four decades of his career, Duke has collaborated with dozens of artist including Miles Davis and Michael Jackson.
In the rock world, Duke is best known for being the keyboardist for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Duke joined Zappa in 1970, first appearing on Chunga's Revenge. Duke appears on several of Zappa's most celebrated works including Over-Nite Sensation, One Size Fits All, and Apostrophe just to name a few.
As a Zappa fan, it is sad to hear of George's passing. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.