Pearson, Duke

Duke Pearson was an important pianist, composer, arranger and producer during the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1932 and played trumpet as well as piano with many local groups. After attending Clark College, he toured with Tab Smith and Little Willie John before he moved to New York City in January of 1959. Donald Byrd heard him, and Byrd was the leader of Pearson’s first recording session. Soon Pearson was playing with the Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet. Pearson became the musical director for Nancy Wilson, as well as continuing to tour and record with Donald Byrd. In 1963, Blue Note Records producer and musical director Ike Quebec passed away, and Pearson became Blue Note’s A&R director, as well as make his own albums. Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Coles, Blue Mitchell, Hank Mobley, Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Morgan and Lou Donaldson all benefited from his arranging and producing skills. Albums that Pearson recorded under his own name ranged in instrumentation from trios to quintets, sextets and octets to choral ensembles.

Pearson and Byrd co-led a big band in 1967, and eventually Pearson took over sole leadership. Even though the Pearson band shared some of the same musicians with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis band, Pearson’s ensemble had its own identity and worked quite a few gigs in New York for over three years and recorded two albums for Blue Note. The band not only featured Pearson's music; other composers such as Frank Foster contributed to the book as well. Pearson’s association with Blue Note ended when co-founder Alfred Lion died in 1971. He moved to Atlanta to teach at Clark College, toured with Carmen McRae and Joe Williams, and reformed his big band. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and died in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980.

For many years, the huge body of work he created was nearly forgotten until Jazz Lines Publications and Pearson's son Anthony formed a partnership to make Pearson’s many titles available for purchase. This arrangement is part of a continuing project to present Pearson’s compositions and arrangements for big band and smaller ensembles, uncut and corrected. Once again, Pearson's creative and challenging music can be played, heard, studied and appreciated.

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DUKE PEARSON BIG BAND JAZZ LINES PUBLICATIONS SERIES: SET OF EIGHT ARRANGEMENTS

Recorded by the Duke Pearson Big Band

Arranged by Duke Pearson and Frank Foster; Prepared for Publication by Rob DuBoff and Jeffrey Sultanof

Eight Jazz Big Band Arrangements

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DUKE PEARSON HONEYBUNS COMBO CHARTS FIVE ARRANGEMENT COMPLETE SET

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Five Jazz Nonet Arrangements

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DUKE PEARSON HONEYBUNS COMBO CHARTS FIVE ARRANGEMENT COMPLETE SET [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Five Jazz Nonet Arrangements

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DUKE PEARSON JAZZ LINES PUBLICATIONS COMBO CHARTS: COMPLETE 21 ARRANGEMENT MEGASET

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed and Prepared by Dylan Canterbury

21 Small Group Arrangements

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DUKE PEARSON JAZZ LINES PUBLICATIONS COMBO CHARTS: COMPLETE 21 ARRANGEMENT MEGASET [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed and Prepared by Dylan Canterbury

21 Small Group Arrangements

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JLP-1052DL

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DUKE PEARSON SWEET HONEY BEE COMBO CHARTS SIX ARRANGEMENT COMPLETE SET

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Six Jazz Small Group Arrangements

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JLP-1027

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DUKE PEARSON SWEET HONEY BEE COMBO CHARTS SIX ARRANGEMENT COMPLETE SET [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Six Jazz Small Group Arrangements

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JLP-1027DL

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DUKE PEARSON THE RIGHT TOUCH COMPLETE SIX ARRANGEMENT SET

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed and Prepared by Dylan Canterbury

Six Jazz Combo Arrangements

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DUKE PEARSON THE RIGHT TOUCH COMPLETE SIX ARRANGEMENT SET [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed and Prepared by Dylan Canterbury

Six Jazz Combo Arrangements

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JLP-1045DL

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DUKE PEARSON WAHOO! SEXTET CHARTS FOUR ARRANGEMENT COMPLETE SET

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Four Jazz Combo Arrangements [3 Horns with Rhythm Section]

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JLP-1050

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DUKE PEARSON WAHOO! SEXTET CHARTS FOUR ARRANGEMENT COMPLETE SET [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Four Jazz Combo Arrangements [3 Horns with Rhythm Section]

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AMANDA

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Arranged by Duke Pearson, Prepared by Dylan Canterbury, Rob DuBoff, and Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

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JLP-7547

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AMANDA [COMBO ARRANGEMENT]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Combo Arrangement [3 Horns with Rhythm Section]

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JLP-7678

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AMANDA [COMBO ARRANGEMENT] [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Combo Arrangement [3 Horns with Rhythm Section]

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JLP-7678DL

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AMANDA [DOWNLOAD]

Recorded by the Duke Pearson Big Band

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Prepared by Dylan Canterbury, Rob DuBoff, and Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

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BEDOUIN

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Arranged by Duke Pearson, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof and Rob DuBoff

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

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JLP-8159

$85.00

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BEDOUIN [COMBO ARRANGEMENT]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Combo Arrangement [3 Horns with Rhythm Section]

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Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

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Jazz Big Band Arrangement

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BIG BERTHA

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Small Group Arrangement

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Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed by Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Small Group Arrangement

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CHILI PEPPERS

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

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CHILI PEPPERS

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Transcribed and Prepared by Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Octet Arrangement

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JLP-7584

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CHILI PEPPERS [DOWNLOAD]

Arranged by Duke Pearson, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

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