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Drummer I Percussionist I Teacher
to a musical family in Lima, Peru, Alex Acuna started playing in
local bands at 10, and by 18 was playing in the great Perez Prado's
band. In 1967 he moved to Puerto Rico, where he studied at the Puerto
Rico Conservatory of Music, and played under the direction of the
famed Spanish cellist master Pablo Casals. Alex moved to Las Vegas
in 1974, where he played with such greats as Elvis Presley and Diana
Ross. Between 1975 and 1977, he cemented his place in jazz history
when he became both drummer and percussionist for one of the most
innovative and pioneering jazz groups of all time, Weather Report.
Alex moved to L.A. in 1978 where he quickly earned the position
of a valued session drummer and percussionist for recordings, television
and motion pictures. His countless album and live credits include
such diverse artist as U2, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald,
Chick Corea, Placido Domingo, Tito Puente, Santana and many, many
more. Alex has received countless awards and honors throughout his
career, including the Emeritus MVP award from NARAS (National Academy
of Recording for the Arts and Sciences) and "Best Latin/Brazilian
Percussionist" in the Modern Drummer's Readers Poll for five
consecutive years. In
the 1980s Acuña also recorded and toured with the Christian
jazz band Koinonia, which featured session musicians Abraham Laboriel,
Justo Almario, Hadley Hockensmith, Harlan Rogers, and Bill Maxwell.
He played on Willy DeVille's Crow Jane Alley album and in 1987 he
teamed up with Elvis Presley's TCB Band for the Roy Orbison TV special
"A Black and White Night". He played percussion on Blondie's
number one hit "The Tide Is High".
Acuna who is
Gone Pops artist, has also worked as an educator at University of
California, Los Angeles and Berklee College of Music.
Credits: Recent credits includes percussion work on Dawn of the
Planet of the Apes [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] and Joni
Mitchell's Love Has Many Faces: and Beth Midler's It's the Girls!
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