Dunn Pearson, Jr.

The multi-talented Dunn Pearson Jr. has accomplished much during his career -- composing, arranging, and producing not only his own records, but for movies, television, Broadway, commercials, and other artist's recordings, leading to Pearson's peers giving him the nickname "the black Beethoven." A talented pianist as well, Pearson has either produced, arranged, written, or played on albums by such renowned artists as the O'Jays, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder, Mtume, Roy Ayers, D'Angelo, Keith Sweat, Gerald Levert, and James "J.T." Taylor (collecting 26 gold and platinum awards in the process). In addition, Pearson has penned the theme scores to such TV shows/movies as Fox TV's New York Undercover, the HBO movie Head Office, the Columbia Pictures movie The Professional, Mario and Melvin Van Peebles' Identity Crisis, and the dramatic Cinecom Int. film Native Son, orchestrated and arranged the Broadway musical Amen Comer, produced fitness video stars Jody Watley, Joannie Greggains, and Denise Austin's ESPN show Getting Fit, and even commercials for McDonald's, United Airlines, and a highly acclaimed Wendy's chicken nugget commercial featuring Kool & the Gang. If his plate wasn't full enough, Pearson has also released numerous soul-jazz albums on his own, the latest being 2001's It's Midnite. ~ Greg Prato

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