George Duke, Jazz-Fusion Pioneer, Dies at 67
His Potawatomi Bingo and Casino Performance is One to Be Remembered
One of the brave pioneers of the jazz-fusion movement, George Duke, died last August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. He was 67 years old. It was in Los Angeles where he was being treated for lymphocytic leukemia. The announcement was made by his record label, Concord Records.
The jazz world will definitely miss another great artist. One of the brave pioneers of the jazz-fusion movement, George Duke, died last August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. He was 67 years old. It was in LA where he was being treated for lymphocytic leukemia. The announcement was made by his record label, Concord Records.
“The Northern California native was one of the leading forces in bringing jazz and rock together, genres that not only were typically separate in the 1950s and early ‘60s, but whose proponents often were philosophically at odds. Duke found the common ground between the styles,” news site MilwaukeeCourierOnline.com highlights. As the news site recalls one of his last concerts, “Duke and Stanley Clarke performed on June 21, 2012 at the Northern Lights Theatre at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino in Milwaukee. The event was a month prior to Duke’s wife, Corine passing from cancer.”
The 50’s and 60’s were the decades where the entertainment industry had various epiphanies. From the melding of jazz and rock to the cultural boom of card game bingo, all the way to the British Invasion led by The Beatles. And just like how bingo transformed from being just a social game in bingo halls to an online favorite that varies from foxybingo online communities to Bingoblitz gaming apps, George Duke was the reason why jazz is now inculcated in many of our present music genres ranging from country to EDM.
His last major concert at the Potawatomi Bingo and Casino served as a special memento, an ideal coincidence even, that made everyone realize how the 60’s was very significant to our history. Whether you’re a bingo fanatic, a Beatles follower, or a jazz lover, Duke now serves as one of the heralds that the 1960s was a decade of achievements.
BBKingBlues.com wrote this dedication: “It is with deep regret that we learned of the passing of our dear friend and brother, George Duke. George was a Grammy winning musician who knew no musical boundaries, whose style and talent continually redefined jazz, funk, pop and music in general. He was also one of music’s great storytellers and never missed a chance to give an inside look to his music or life to anyone who would listen.”
He was scheduled to perform at BB Kings in Times Square but in lieu to what has happened, a memorial concert will be held and donations will be forwarded to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Aside from the Duke’s memorial event and another symbolic coincidence, the society will also be in Los Angeles at Viva Cantina Burbank for a Legendary Bingo night event.