Born and raised in Rome, Georgia, Mr. Duvall began his musical training in the fifth grade playing trumpet in the middle school band and went on to perform on the electric bass in his high school years. Mr. Duvall was accepted as a trumpeter in the US Army where, and after basic training attended the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon leaving the Army, he applied and was accepted at the University of South Carolina as a jazz and commercial music major on bass studying primarily with the late Dr. John Emche, an accomplished jazz pianist, arranger and composer.
During Mr. Duvall’s sophomore year, he took a semester off to be part of an eleven week US tour with a group out of Opryland, USA. After graduating magna cum laude, Mr. Duvall began his Master’s degree at USC in Music Composition with an emphasis in jazz studying with Dr. Dick Goodwin.
It was after one year of his Master’s studies that Mr. Duvall left school to tour the US with pianist/singer/entertainer Buddy Greco who began his career in Benny Goodman’s band. After returning to USC to finish his graduate studies, Mr. Duvall relocated to New York City where he performed in jazz clubs, off-Broadway shows and worked in music studios primarily with guitarist/producer Joe Taylor.
Mr. Duvall returned to South Carolina after nearly two years in New York and soon thereafter relocated to Charleston, SC where he eventually began performing as a jazz pianist with good friend Robert Lewis, a highly regarded jazz saxophonist and composer, who heads the jazz department at the College of Charleston. Mr. Duvall is currently a professor in the College of Charleston Jazz Program.