Big Joe Duskin

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

10 February 1921, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 6 May 2007. In the 30s Duskin moved with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began playing piano, inspired by the records of Roosevelt Sykes, Albert Ammons, and Pete Johnson. During World War II he was drafted into the army and met Ammons, Johnson, and Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis on USO shows. After demobilization Joe promised his preacher father that he would not play ‘the devil’s music’ while the old man (in his 80s) was still alive; however, he lived to be 104! Duskin worked at the US post office for over 20 years. His debut album was finally released by Arhoolie Records in 1979 and revealed him as a worthy bearer of the boogie-woogie tradition. Later albums appeared on the Special Delivery and Wolf labels, and Duskin also recorded with Dave Peabody and the Blues Band.

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