Rest In Peace, George Duke

 

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Legendary keyboardist George Duke has passed at the age of 67. Left behind are over 30 solo albums and credit for creating bridges between Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and jazz. His work crossed several decades and included collaborations with Miles Davis, Anita Baker, Frank Zappa, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and George Clinton – some of the very best

His work carried over the generations and has been sampled by Daft Punk, Common, Kanye West, MF Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest.

In July of this year, Duke released a new album called DreamWeaver in memory of his wife who passed just over a year ago.

Duke and his ongoing contributions to music will be sorely missed.

Below, watch Duke perform one of our favorite tracks, “Dukey Stick,” with Sheila E in studio. After the jump, find rare footage of a full live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Billy Cobham.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance after the jump

Timothy Bloom Announces US Tour Dates

 

Having already written and produced songs for Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Smokey Robinson, Timothy Bloom is well on his way. Most recently, he’s left swooning audiences eagerly awaiting his forthcoming debut album with his The Budding Rose EP. The EP’s sultry lead single, “Til the End of Time” created much buzz, due in part to the ballad’s tastefully provocative video directed by David Rodriguez.

Catch Bloom across stages nationwide this summer. The tour starts in Los Angeles on July 29th, and ends on the east coast with Philadelphia on August 30th and Vienna, VA on September 1st.

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Tour dates after the jump