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Duke Pearson

p, 1932-1980 US, Atlanta
Musician / Composer / Arranger / Producer of Jazz
A.k.a. Columbus Calvin Pearson, Jr.

American jazz pianist, producer, bandleader, composer, and arranger. Born on August 17, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia, died on August 4, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after moving to New York City in January 1959, Pearson gained the attention of trumpeter Donald Byrd, who asked him to join his newly formed band, the Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet. Pearson was also the accompanist for Nancy Wilson on tour in 1961. After Ike Quebec passed away in 1963, Pearson took over his position as A&R man for Blue Note. Throughout the 1960s, Pearson was a frequent session musician and producer for numerous Blue Note albums, while also recording his own albums as bandleader. Pearson composed and arranged the iconic 'Cristo Redentor' for Donald Byrd in 1964, which has been covered by many artists, including Harvey Mandel and Gene Harris. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1970s, and passed away in 1980 at Atlanta Veterans Hospital.

     
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Electric piano
  • Flugelhorn
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Latin
Popular Tracks   
Sleigh Ride on Merry Ole Soul by Duke Pearson
Theme From Rosemary's Baby on I Don't Care Who Knows It by Duke Pearson
Little Drummer Boy on Merry Ole Soul by Duke Pearson
Jingle Bells on Merry Ole Soul by Duke Pearson
Silent Night on Merry Ole Soul by Duke Pearson
Sandalia Dela on How Insensitive by Duke Pearson
Los Ojos Alegres (The Happy Eyes) on The Phantom by Duke Pearson
Black Coffee on Profile by Duke Pearson
The Phantom on The Phantom by Duke Pearson
Farewell Machelle on Wahoo! by Duke Pearson

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Mosaic SelectDuke Pearson2003Album
I Don't Care Who Knows ItDuke Pearson1996Album
It Could Only Happen With YouDuke Pearson1974Album
Now Hear ThisDuke Pearson1969Album
Merry Ole SoulDuke Pearson1969Album
How InsensitiveDuke Pearson1969Album
The PhantomDuke Pearson1968Album
Angel EyesDuke Pearson1968Album
Sweet Honey BeeDuke Pearson1967Album
Sweet Honey Bee / Ready Rudy?Duke Pearson1967Single
The Right TouchDuke Pearson1967Album
Prairie DogDuke Pearson1966Album
WahooDuke Pearson1965Album
Tender Feelin'sDuke Pearson1960Album
ProfileDuke Pearson1960Album
Taboo / Like Someone In LoveDuke Pearson1959Single
Gate City / Black CoffeeDuke PearsonSingle
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