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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…

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  • 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.
  • david mitchell, you have a good taste in music. or you dad does. or wherever the cycle started. I'll keep it going.
  • so chic. perfect!
  • Phantom is SO FINE
  • i love this so much.....
  • My first recommendation from last.fm - like striking oil in your first shovelful of dirt! Lovely
  • i don't think he is God but he surely is good
  • Duke is God

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