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 Mick Russell - Leon Duncan (Bass)

Leon Duncan was born February 20th 1972 in Kingston Jamaica.

His musical career started at the age of eleven, when he started to accompany the Church Choir on Guitar. His affinity for the Bass grew and at the age of 14 he knew he'd found a media through which he could express himself. Soon after, Leon started copying bass parts from records of all genres.

When he was about 15, he started gigging regularly with Stanley Beckford from Stanley and the Turbines as well as other local reggae acts. Nightly playing in hotels played an integral role in the eclectic background and approach towards Leon's bass playing. This enabled him to blend into any musical situation and preconciously he became a much talked about player.

At eighteen he met world-renowned Guitarist and one of Jamaica's greatest music exponents: Ernest Ranglin. Leon was getting a first hand introduction to the jazz idiom in the trio with Carl Mc Leod on Drums. During those years, the trio was a first choice rhythm section for visiting artistes such as Courtney Pine, Pharoah Saunders, Othello Molineaux to name a few.

In 1994 Leon went on a European tour then decided to settle in Zurich Switzerland where's he's been based since. He connected well with the music-scene and participated in many projects.

In 2002 Patrice called Leon two days before a scheduled performance at the Nyon festival in Switzerland, Leon has since then toured extensively with him all over Europe, USA and Africa.

Leon later had a short tour that same year in France and Germany with another Jamaican giant Monty Alexander. Then he recorded with Monty on his Disk entitled "My America" with some of the most prolific names in the business such as John Pizzarelli, Freddy Cole, Kevin Mahogany Bobby Thomas Jr. and Desi Jones. He also toured Japan that same year with Monty Alexander.

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