Photographs and video Ronald David Jackson
His musical life began early — according to his official biography, he started studying piano at age 3, wrote his first concerto at age 8 and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., at 10. The classically trained keyboardist (he studied at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music) made his name — and an indelible mark on music — in the world of P-Funk. Worrell, aka "The Wizard of Woo," was an early member of Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton's sprawling, theatrical and wildly influential funk collective.—Camila Domonoske
From Left: Bernie Worrell, Grady Thomas, unident., Fuzzy Haskins, George Clinton, Tiki Fulwood, unident., Michael Hampton, unident., Calvin Simon of the funk band Parliament-Funkadelic. Circa 1974.
|Bernie Worrell performs at Moog Fest - 2016.|