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Daniel Robert McClure

keyboardist, harpist, and composer, was born Alice McLeod in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Solon and Anne McLeod, and grew up in a musically oriented family. Her brother, Ernie Farrow, played bass in the jazz groups of Terry Gibbs, Stan Getz, and Yusef Lateef. Beginning piano at the age of seven and studying classical music, Alice later attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit and played piano in church. Her achievements led to a scholarship to the Detroit Institute of Technology. Her most important influences in classical music during this time were the works of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Eventually Alice followed her brother into jazz and became a bebop pianist for musicians such as Kenny Burrell and Lateef, eventually traveling to Europe to study with Bud Powell in 1959 She moved to New York in the early 1960s During a stint ...


Kevin Brook

jazz and popular music producer, composer, keyboardist, and singer, was born in San Rafael, California to Thaddeus “Jim” Duke, a shipyard worker, and Beatrice Burrell Duke. He began practicing the piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of Wyna Barron. The gospel music he heard at his Baptist church was a pivotal influence. His love of music, particularly jazz, carried through his teenage years and in 1967 he earned a bachelor of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In 1965 Duke and the singer Al Jarreau began to perform together at the Half Note Club in San Francisco This was the start of a long term musical partnership that led Duke to produce for and tour with Jarreau in later decades Duke also began to perform with other instrumentalists at the club forming the George Duke Trio with bassist John ...


Rob Bowman

musician, songwriter, producer, and actor, was born in Covington, Tennessee, to unknown parents. Before Hayes had turned two, his father had left the family home and his mother had passed away in a mental institution. Hayes was raised by his maternal grandparents, who sharecropped for a living until, at the age of seven, Hayes, his sister, and his grandparents moved to Memphis. Over the next several years, Hayes lived in a variety of places in North Memphis. Impoverished, at times the family had to split up, and at the worst point Hayes was sleeping in junk cars at a garage.Largely a self taught musician during and immediately following his school years Hayes apprenticed with a number of ensembles that variously worked the school amateur hour and nightclub circuit singing doo wop and gospel and playing blues and jazz saxophone and rhythm and blues piano Upon ...


Jason Miller

musician, singer, and actor. Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee, a tiny town in the westernmost part of the state, to Isaac Hayes and Eula Hayes, who were sharecroppers. Hayes's parents died when he was very young, and he and his sister Willette were raised by their mother's parents, Willie and Rushia Addie-Mae Wade. Hayes spent much of his early childhood in the cotton fields of Covington, and it was in Covington too that he made his musical debut, singing one Sunday at a church service. Two years later, when Hayes was seven, the family moved to Memphis in search of better jobs and higher wages.

Despite the family s optimism difficult times lay ahead Willie Wade took work in a factory but a few years later he fell ill and died Hayes was forced to take whatever odd jobs he could find to help ...