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United States - Alabama

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Duke Way

Having worked as an orbital analyst on NASA projects for many years, Duke Way is embarking on a second career as a recording artist (outer space journeys of a different sort). His first album with Startlingly Fresh, "Alligator Wings", contains essays, poems and stories set to music that can be classified as jazz, but also includes touches of funk, gospel, world music and more. A Louisiana influence percolates throughout, as Duke grew up in Hammond and Port Sulphur and later attended LSU in Baton Rouge, where he played drum kit for the Leonard Root Trio. Over the years, he studied African-based hand drumming with master drummers Kalhid Saleem and Babatunde Olatunji. Duke continues drumming, writing music and poetry, and supporting local music in Huntsville, Alabama.