Jerry LeDuff and Creolada

Jerry LeDuff and Creolada

 Southfield, Michigan, USA

The name of the group Creolada was inspired by Jerry LeDuff’s Creole cultural heritage and his taste in music: a unique sort of melange. (And it sounds cool.)
Creolada’s creative purpose is exploration leading to innovation.
Jerry is a progressive jazz musician contributing to World Culture.


“We do not duplicate, we create and innovate!”

“Ethnotronics” is a term created by Jerry LeDuff describing his music which is created with traditional jazz and ethnic music instruments and incorporates electronic synthesizers. "Ethnotronics” bridges time between ancient and future to make a contemporary artistic statement. Creolada composes music combining jazz concepts, synthesized sounds and rhythms of many cultures. They create a soulful, intellectual and innovative music.

Jerry LeDuff is true to his Creole heritage in that he likes everything very mixed up, especially his music. He likes to keep things musically stirred up, doing so in collaborative projects with Badal Roy, as leader of his group Creolada, and as a member of the groups Lyman Woodard Organization, Oopapada and Global Jazz Project.

Renown tabla player Badal Roy joins Jerry LeDuff and Creolada for special performances. Note: Soon to be released: Badal Roy and Jerry LeDuff Duet CD.

Jerry LeDuff plays congas, cuica, berimbau, tabla, bongos, surdo, ethnic flutes, ocarinas and many other percussion instruments. Jerry uses his large collection of ethnic and contemporary percussion instruments in performance, recording and lecture presentations. Jerry plays Innovative Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz and World Music. He composes, arranges and performs music for video, television, film and dance projects. Jerry is available for music performances, studio work, music collaborations and lecture presentations (World Music - general knowledge to advanced level).

Jerry LeDuff is a visual artist, graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Masters of Fine Art Degree. Jerry created the Aboriginal Percussion Choir logo. He designed Roy Brooks' "Duet In Detroit" and Marvin "Doc" Holladay's "Sweetness And Light" cd cover art. He and Annette LeDuff designed the logo for the Dizzy Gillespie School of Jazz (Quito, Ecuador).

He is the founder of Afrikan Folk Ensemble (1965), Detroit Percussive Arts Ensemble (1985) and Creolada (2001). Jerry was a key member of Roy Brooks Aboriginal Percussion Choir (1985-2005). He was a member of the Afram Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Marvin “Doc” Holladay (1971-1975), taught Latin Percussion at Oakland University (1974) and was Guest Artist at Oakland University where he taught Brazilian rhythms, culminating in a performance with Aakwaba and Pan Jumbies (2009). Jerry LeDuff is profiled in the book "Detroit Jazz Who's Who", Herbert Boyd, Leni Sinclair, Jazz Research Institute (1984).

Jerry LeDuff was nominated for an Emmy for music he composed and performed for the documentary “Bloodlines and Bridges: The African Connection”, WTVS Detroit Public Television (1986). The video is viewable online:

He composed and performed music for the documentary "Gerhardt Knodel, an Artist and His Work" presented by Canadian Broadcasting Company (1981).

Jerry LeDuff and Francisco Mora Catlett composed and performed music for the documentary Manuel Álvarez Bravo, fotógrafo, produced by the Mexican Broadcasting Company (1983).

He composed and performed original music for the video entitled "Rivera's Labor Legacy" Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library and Archives (1990).

Jerry LeDuff has a large collection of percussion and wind instruments representative of World cultures.

Jerry LeDuff has recorded and/or performed with: Paul Abler, Dwight Adams, Afram Jazz Band, Afrikan Folk Ensemble, Geri Allen, Jimmy Allen, Audrey Allison, Robert Allison, Kofi Ameyaw, Bill Banfield, Spencer Barefield, Marcus Belgrave, George Bennett, Biakuye Percussion Ensemble, Racey Biggs, Mike Blanchard, Tassili Bond, Emil Borde, Ron Brooks, Roy Brooks, Lorenzo Brown, Vincent Bowens, Gary Bubash, Buddy Budson, Michael Carey, James Carter, Francisco Mora Catlett, Joe Chila, Gerald Cleaver, Bill "Clayman" Cloutier, Chris Codish, Jervonny Collier, Danny Colton, Greg Cook, Cordova, Kenn Cox, Huby Crawford, John Dana, George Davidson, Richard Davis, Ron English, Jim Esnault, Stev Fair, Brad Felt, Michael Frank, Larry Fratangelo, Patrick "Pat" Freer, Girard Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie, Global Jazz Project, Edward Gooch, Andy Gonzales, Jerry Gonzales, Alex Harding, Wendell Harrison, Marion Hayden, J C Heard, Andres "Drez" Hernandez, Marvin "Doc" Holladay, Anthony "Tony" Holland, Akunda Hollis, Maureen Honoré, Barbara Huby, Perry Hughes, Steven Hunter, Robert Hurst, Ali Jackson, Angie Jackson, David Janeway, Cornelius "JuJu" Johnson, Marvin Kahn, Leonard King, Earl Klugh, Stefan Kukurugya, Kerry Lacy, Larry Lamb, Sheila Landis, Phil Lasley, Michael Layne, Howard Levy, Joe LoDuca, Eugene Mann, Ray Mantilla, Pete Martinez, Rick Matle, Harold McKinney, GayeLynn McKinney, Duncan W McMillan, David McMurray, Bill Meyer, Steve Morris, Amina Claudine Myers, Alberto Nacif, Greg Nance, Ed Nelson, Shahida Nurullah, Babatunde Olatunji, Oopapada Orange Lake Drive, P


2011 Badal Roy & Jerry LeDuff - Then Into Now
2011 Lyman Woodard Organization - Leonard King, Ron English
2011 Leonard King Big Band Project
2010 Herb Metoyer - This is the Time
2008 FairWarnin - Stev Fair
2006 Phil Lasley - Jasi
2005 Francisco Mora Catlett - River Drum
2001 Steve Schuetz - Ca Va
2001 Orange Lake Drive - Driven
1999 Francisco Mora Catlett - World Trade Music
1987 Francisco Mora Catlett - Mora!
1986 David Janeway - Entry Point

Set List

Supplied per specific performance (dependent upon number of musicians and instrumentation).

Note: A performance by Badal Roy and Jerry LeDuff (duet) requires an indoor performance space (due to the complexity and sensitivity of the specific instrumentation).