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Duke Pearson

Duke Pearson was an American jazz pianist and composer. All Music Guide notes him as being a “big part in shaping the Blue Note label's hard bop direction in the 1960s as a producer.

Born Columbus Calvin Pearson, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, Pearson first studied brass instruments at the early age of five, but dental issues forced him to pursue another instrument and he started to learn the piano. His budding talent moved his uncle to give him the nickname Duke, a reference to jazz legend Duke Ellington. He attended Clack College while also playing trumpet in groups in the Atlanta area before joining the United States Army in the early 1950s.

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WAHOO!

WAHOO!

Music Matters
2017

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The Right Touch

The Right Touch

Blue Note Records
2007

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Mosaic Select 8

Mosaic Select 8

Mosaic Records
2005

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The Phantom

JJ-Tracks
2004

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Mosaic Select

JJ-Tracks
2003

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