Born in Los Angeles, Shakur learned to play bass at age four with his father as a guide and developed a high sensitivity and wide range of expression in jazz. At age 18, he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. He has shared his talent with jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson, to name a few. Shakur regularly performs with Monty Alexander in the United States and on tours worldwide, as well as with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He is also featured on a number of Monty Alexander’s recordings with whom he shares a musical friendship that has lasted for over 35 years.
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