Clarence Acox Jr.
Clarence Acox, is an American band director and jazz drummer. He is a native of New Orleans, and has heard in a variety of settings in the Pacific Northwest. He is director of bands at Garfield High School, where he has taught since arriving from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1971. Under his tutelage since 1979, the Garfield Jazz Ensemble has won every competition on the West Coast, including competitions in Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho. The band has also been a finalist in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition, rival Roosevelt High School has won three competitions. Acox was named Educator of the Year by Down Beat magazine in 2001, in 2003 he was presented the Impact Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that sponsors the Grammy Awards. In 2004 the Seattle Music Educators Association recognized him as its Outstanding Music Educator, in 2007 he was presented the Mayors Arts Award by Seattle mayor Greg Nickels. In 2008 Seattle Metropolitan magazine named him one of the 50 most influential musicians in the history of Seattle music, in 2010, he and Roosevelt High Schools Scott Brown shared the Impact Award at Seattles second annual City of Music Awards. In May 2016 Acox was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts, Acox is a regular on the club scene in the Seattle area. He has performed with the Floyd Standifer Quartet at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant since 1986 and his drum style also drives the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1995 with University of Washington saxophone instructor Michael Brockman
Pheeroan akLaff is an American jazz drummer. Pheeroan akLaff began playing in his hometown of Detroit, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Travis Biggs, Ars Nova, The Ebony Set, The Last Days and he moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and formed DejaVu with Dwight Andrews. He debuted with Bill Baron in 1975, followed by tenure in Leo Smiths New Dalta Ahkri, later developed a longstanding association with Oliver Lake, which included writing for their fusion ensemble, Jump Up. His performance and recorded history includes works with Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, Reggie Workman, in 2006 he co-founded Seed Artists in Brooklyn and currently teaches music at Wesleyan University. Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket New Air, Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival Subject to Change New Air, Air Show No
Elmer Mousey Alexander was an American jazz drummer. Born in Gary, Indiana, Alexander studied at the Roy Knapp School in Chicago and he began to work with Jimmy McPartland there, soon after playing in the band of his wife, Marian McPartland. In the middle of the 1950s he played with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, in 1956 he accompanied Benny Goodman on a tour of the Far East. Later in the 1950s he worked often with Bud Freeman and Eddie Condon and he also played with Charlie Ventura, Red Norvo, Clark Terry, Ralph Sutton, Sy Oliver, and Doc Severinsen. He freelanced during the 1960s with many bands and in the 1970s he started recording for Harry Lim under the Famous Door record label and he was a great well schooled drummer able to swing any band with which he performed. Buddy Rich and Mousey were friends and Buddy thought highly of his playing, Mousey had a bad stroke in 1980 but fully recovered over time, and played up until his death in 1988. He died of heart and kidney failure, with Lee Konitz Spirits With Zoot Sims If Im Lucky with Jimmy Rowles Eugene Chadbourne, Elmer Alexander at Allmusic New York Times Obituary
Ray Alexander (musician)
Ray Alexander was a jazz drummer and vibraphonist. He is best known for his work with George Shearing and Peggy Lee on Beauty And The Beat, Quiet Village, Cloud Patterns, Rain In June, and Vigorous Vibes. Ray started his career as a drummer, playing with Claude Thornhill, Bobby Byrne. He later switched to vibes and worked with George Shearing, Charlie Barnet, Bill Evans, Anita ODay, Mel Lewis, Ray also worked with his own quartet in renowned jazz clubs such as Birdland, the Embers, Basin Street East, etc. In the early 70s he joined with Mousey Alexander to form Alexanders the Great and he was favorably reviewed in the NY Times, the Virgin Encyclopedia Of Jazz, and Newsday, In 1983 Ray put out an album called Cloud Patterns, recorded live at Eddie Condons. It featured Albert Dailey on piano, Harvie Swartz on bass, Ray Mosca on drums, before it was released, Albert Dailey and Pepper Adams died, so the album was dedicated to their memory. In 1993 he released Rain In June featuring Ray on vibraphone, Kenny Barron on piano, Warren Vaché, Jr. on cornet, Bob Kindred on tenor sax, the late Oliver Jackson on drums and Harvie Swartz on bass. In 1998 Ray also released a CD for Cats Paw Records, called Vigorous Vibes, It features Ray on vibraphone, Mac Chrupcala on piano, John Anter on drums, and Marshall Wood on bass. Until his death, he played in jazz clubs in New York. Ray Alexander died in June,2002 as a result of complications from elective surgery, Ray Alexander Jazz Vibist Web Site
Rashied Ali, born Robert Patterson was an American free jazz and avant-garde jazz drummer best known for playing with John Coltrane in the last years of Coltranes life. Patterson was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his family was musical and his brother, Muhammad Ali, is also a drummer, who played with Albert Ayler, among others. Ali, along with his father and brother, converted to Islam, starting off as a pianist he eventually took up the drums, via trumpet and trombone. He joined the United States Army, and played with military bands during the Korean War, after his military service he returned home and studied with Philly Joe Jones. Ali moved to New York in 1963 and worked in groups with Bill Dixon and Paul Bley. In addition, Ali was scheduled to be the drummer, alongside Elvin Jones, on John Coltranes landmark free jazz album Ascension. Coltrane did not replace him, and settled for one drummer, Ali began to record with Coltrane from Meditations in November 1965 onwards. Among his credits are the last recorded work of John Coltranes life and Interstellar Space, Ali became important in stimulating the most avant-garde kinds of jazz activities. Following Coltranes death Ali played with his widow, Alice, and during the early 1970s, he ran Alis Alley and he spent some time as a visiting artist at Wesleyan University, sponsored by Clifford Thornton. Ali also briefly formed a project called Purple Trap with Japanese experimental guitarist Keiji Haino. Their double-CD album, Decided. Already the Motionless Heart of Tranquility, in the 1980s, he was member of Phalanx, a group with guitarist James Blood Ulmer, tenor saxophonist George Adams, and bassist Sirone. From 1997 –2003 he played extensively with Tisziji Munoz, in a group usually also included Pharoah Sanders. In the last years of his life, Rashied Ali led his own eponymous quintet, a double CD entitled Judgment Day was recorded in February 2005 and features Jumaane Smith on trumpet, Lawrence Clark on tenor sax, Greg Murphy on piano and Joris Teepe on bass. This album was recorded at Alis own Survival Studio, which has been in existence since the 1970s, in addition to his performance activities Ali served as mentor to numerous young drummers including Matt Smith. In 2007, Ali recorded Going to the Ritual in duo with bassist/violinist Henry Grimes, Ali and Grimes also played five duo concerts together between 2007 and 2009, and a sixth concert in June 2007 with pianist Marilyn Crispell. Ali is the drummer on Azar Lawrences album Mystic Journey, recorded in April 2009. Rashied Ali died at age 76 in a Manhattan hospital after suffering a heart attack and he is survived by wife Patricia and three children. Y. 2009 – Eddie Jefferson at Alis Alley with Eddie Jefferson 2009 – Configurations,2010 – Spirits Aloft with bassist Henry Grimes With Gary Bartz Home