Jazz keyboardist George Duke dead at 67

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Pianist George Duke during the "Hommage a Ahmet Ertegun" show at the 40th Montreux Jazz festival in MontrexLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke, best known as a pioneer of fusion jazz and for his collaborations with rock musician Frank Zappa, has died, his publicist said. He was 67. Duke, who died on Monday night in Los Angeles, had been suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, publicist Mike Wilpizeski said. Duke, known for embracing synthesizers and fusing jazz with other genres such as rock and funk, began his career in the mid-1960s after joining San Francisco's Half Note jazz club's house band, which was fronted by singer Al Jarreau. …