Saturday, December 12, 2009


The Peruvian Afro-Cuban jazz drummer and percussionist Alejandro Neciosup Acuña aka Alex Acuña, was born on December 12, 1944 in Pativilca, Peru.

Acuña played in local bands from the age of ten, and moved to Lima as a teenager. At the age of eighteen he joined the band of Perez Prado, and in 1967 he moved to Puerto Rico. In 1974 Acuña moved to Las Vegas working with artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, and the following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather report, appearing on the albums Black Market and Heavy Weather.

Acuña left Weather Report in 1978, and became a session musician in California, recording and playing live with (amongst many others) Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Walker ( Musician), Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Plácido Domingo, Phil Keaggy, Sergeant Petter, Sam Philips, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Fleck, U2, and Al Jarreau. He can be found on recordings by musicians as culturally diverse as Lee Ritenour, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, Robbie Robertson & Jackson Browne.

In the 1980s Acuna also recorded and toured with the Christian jazz band Koinonia, which featured session musicians Abraham Laboriel,Justo Akmario, Hadley Hockensmith, Harland Rogers, and Bill Maxwell. He played on Willy De Ville's Crow Jane Alley album and 1987 together with the TCB Band of Elvis Presley in the Roy Orbison TV-Special "A Black and White Night".
He has also worked as an educator at University of California, Los Angeles and Berklee College of Music.

Reference - Wikipédia

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