Dwike Mitchell

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        Dwike Mitchell will always be best known for his work as half of the Mitchell-Ruff Duo. Mitchell began playing piano when he was five. He was in the Army from 1946-49 and met bassist-French horn player Willie Ruff while working in a band at the Lockbourne Air Force Base. After his discharge, Mitchell studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy and was trained as a music educator. When he joined Lionel Hampton's Orchestra in 1954, Mitchell renewed his friendship with Ruff. In 195... Read more

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