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Jazz Keyboardist and EII Advisory Board Member George Duke Dies at 67

George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. Duke said he learned a lot about music from going to church, which helped him add a funk style to his sound. He played in high-school jazz groups and was heavily influenced by Miles Davis. He earned degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University.  Duke had served as a member of the CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative Advisory Board for the past few years.

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