Duke moved to the jazz mecca in 1991 to join Jacques Gauthe’s Creole Rice Jazz Band and since has become one of the most sought after players on the international scene. He has made guest appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and has toured Europe extensively. Heitger has recorded five CDs and made his mark on popular music on the Squirrel Nut Zippers million-selling disc Hot, earning him a platinum record. While not on the road, Heitger maintains a busy schedule in New Orleans, leading his own Steamboat Stompers aboard the Natchez Paddlewheeler and at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.
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