Duke Pearson

Duke Pearson

Birth
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Death 4 Aug 1980 (aged 47)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 5861317 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. As a youth he studied piano and many brass instruments, but dental problems prevented his becoming a professional trumpet player. He worked in Florida and Georgia as a pianist from 1954 to 1959 then he moved to New York where he played most often with Pepper Adams and Donald Byrd. In 1960 he briefly joined the “Jazztet” and in 1961 he toured internationally as Nancy Wilson's accompanist. From 1963 to 1970 he worked as a producer for Blue Note records and formed the “Duke Pearson Band” which enabled him to perform his lyrical swing-oriented compositions. In 1971 he taught at Clark College and the following year toured with Carmen McRae and Joe Williams. In the late 1970s his ability to play was greatly impaired by the onset of multiple sclerosis.

Bio by: Ron Moody


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 19 Oct 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5861317
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Duke Pearson (17 Aug 1932–4 Aug 1980), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5861317, citing South View Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .