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great players who started late


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Al Jarreau would be one, I guess. He didn't get a record contract until 1975, then recorded his critically acclaimed album - *We Got By*. Which lead to his "greatness" in the entertainment field. He was 35 years old.

However, prior to 1975 he was a working musician for a few years, playing clubs and opening for a few well-known acts. Also, I think he recorded a locally released recording and worked with George Duke's Trio.


George Winston recorded his first Windham Hill recording - *Autumn* in 1980 when he was 30. This recording brought alot of attention to him and the label and "spawned" the acoustic/ instrumental folk "New Age" genre in the 80's.

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The great jazz guitarist Tal Farlow didn't even pick up the guitar until the age of 22.
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