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Iconic Jazz Keyboardist, George Duke, Died In L.A. Hospital On Monday


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George Duke, the American jazz musician, died in L.A. on Monday (August 5th). His cause of death has been confirmed by his family, as reported by the Washington Post, as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. He was 67 years old.

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George Duke at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and Tribute Concert to Herbie Hancock, held at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. 

His death was confirmed by Scherrie Payne, former Supremes singer, in a statement made on Wednesday (August 7th). Payne said: "I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening."

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Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, Live in Europe 1969


Number one on the Top Jazz Albums chart in 1970, legendary Jazz performer Miles Davis plays from his album 'Bitches Brew' on his Live in Europe 1969 tour. The late star's newest live box set 'Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2' was released in January 2013.

Montreux Jazz Festival's Claude Nobs Dies After Ski Accident Coma


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Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux jazz festival, has died, following a ski accident, which resulted in him being in a coma for several weeks.

The Guardian reports that Nobs was cross-country skiing in the village of Caux, near to Montreux and Lake Geneva. His accident happened on Christmas Eve (2012), the festival’s secretary general Mathieu Jaton confirmed on Monday (January 7, 2013).

Claude – who was aged 76 when he died – began the legendary and highly respected festival back in 1967, whilst he worked at the tourism office at the Swiss resort. Some of the world’s biggest stars have played at the festival, including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Prince. He’s not been afraid of taking risks and potentially upsetting the jazz fraternity; last year, the ‘love her or hate her’ singer Lana Del Rey was one of the lead artists performing at the festival. His renown amongst musicians is widespread and Deep Purple even immortalised the man in song, referring to him as ‘Funky Claude’ in their song ‘Smoke on the Water.’

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