Blues-rock/fusion guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly was born on November 23, 1960, in Chicago, IL, to parents who were first-generation Haitians. Early on, Bourelly learned about Yoruba music from his grandmother, sang Rossini at the Lyric Opera House at ten years of age, and took both piano and drum lessons. But by the age of 14, Bourelly had shifted his focus entirely onto guitar upon discovering Jimi Hendrix. After relocating to New York City in 1979, Bourelly soon landed gigs with the likes of Muhal Richard Abrams, Roy Haynes, McCoy Tyner, and Elvin Jones, and a bit spot in Francis Ford Coppola's movie The Cotton Club. The late '80s saw Bourelly launch a solo career (with 1987's Jungle Cowboy), and a year later, landed a once in a lifetime opportunity by playing on one of Miles Davis' latter-day recordings, Amandla.