Wikipedia : This day (August 5, 2013inLos Angeles, California, died George Duke, a multi-faceted American musician,keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer .
George Duke | Official Web Site : George and a young singer named Al Jarreau formed a group which became the house band at San Francisco’s Half Note Club. There was another club up the street called The Both/And and I worked there on Mondays with everybody from Letta Mbulu to Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon.
@last.fm : Early influences: Les McCann and cousin Charles Burrell. First gig was with the house band at the Half Note club and with vocal band Third Wave in 1968, from there he backed such musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham and Don Ellis, playing session musician on Jean-Luc Pontys Pacific Jazz Albums.
Video : w/ Jean-Luc Ponty – King Kong (2012) . Leverkusener Jazztage Live (2011) . w/ Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller & Vinnie Colaiuta – It’S On . w/ Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me . w/ Billy Cobham – Rush Hour . Brazilian Love Affair (2003) . w/Stanley Clarke – Schooldays . Montreux Jazz (1993) .