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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 Clark College while also playing trumpet in groups in the Atlanta area before joining the United States Army in the early 1950s. Pearson continued… read more

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  • Avatar for axefreeze
    i would recommend his trio albums in blue note and polydor. so tender, so sentimental.. he really plays them in a wynton kelly way with his own composing talents.
  • Avatar for WasNotWhyNot
    david mitchell, you have a good taste in music. or you dad does. or wherever the cycle started. I'll keep it going.
  • Avatar for ivinhav
    so chic. perfect!
  • Avatar for MsGreenEyes
    Phantom is SO FINE
  • Avatar for supervixenno1
    i love this so much.....
  • Avatar for flapslangly
    My first recommendation from last.fm - like striking oil in your first shovelful of dirt! Lovely
  • Avatar for Mentink
    Too bad it is hard to find his records back here in the Netherlands
  • Avatar for peeanolover
    i don't think he is God but he surely is good
  • Avatar for javiwer
    Duke is God

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