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Jazz-fusion pioneer George Duke's home and storied studio is for sale in Hollywood Hills

Jazz-fusion pioneer George Duke's home and storied studio is for sale in Hollywood Hills
The longtime home of the late George Duke, where top musicians recorded in the commercial quality studio, is for sale in Hollywood Hills at $2.999 million. (Joel Danto)

The Hollywood Hills estate of the late jazz great George Duke and its storied Le Gonks West recording studio is on the market at $2.999 million.

Jeffrey Osborne's "On the Wings of Love," Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and A Taste of Honey's "Sukiyaki" are among the many hits made at the 1,400-square-foot studio on the home's lower level.

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The keyboardist-singer-composer-producer infused jazz with rock and funk elements during his five-decade career, winning a Grammy in 2000 for producing the Dianne Reeves album "In the Moment – Live in Concert."

Duke, who died two years ago at 67, made about 30 solo albums. He also collaborated with such musicians as Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa.

Set behind stately gates on nearly a third-acre of grounds, the 1925 residence has more than 3,400 square feet of living space on the main and upper levels. Coved ceilings, inlaid wood floor accents, stained-glass windows, archways and wrought-iron gates and railings are among the details.

A living room with a fireplace and balcony, a media/theater room with a bar, a formal dining room, a kitchen with a breakfast nook, three bedrooms and three bathrooms complete the living areas.

Accessed from the outside, the studio includes a control room, a live room with sound isolation booths, a bathroom, a lounge, a wine cellar and an office space.

The property last sold in 1978 for $355,000.

Chris Pauloski of John Aaroe Group is the listing agent.

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