Mouzon, Alphonse (b. 1948)

Charlestonian and multi-instrumentalist; received early musical training with Lonnie Hamilton, III of Charleston and later studied drums with Bobby Thomas; played in the pit band of the Broadway show, Promises, Promises; along with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, he helped form the group, Weather Report, and with guitarist, Larry Coryell, he co-founded and recorded with The Eleventh House, the seminal fusion band of the 1970s which enjoyed a reunion in the late 1990s; he has played and/or recorded with numerous musicians including Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Chubby Checker, Gil Evans, George Benson, Norman Connors, Teruo Nakamura, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Arturo Sandoval, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Joanne Brackeen, and Robin Kenyatta; his solo albums include 1970’s releases, The Essence of Mystery, Funky Snakefoot; and his best release in 1974, Mind Transplant; other solo releases include The Survivor, Back to Jazz, Love, Fantasy, Morning Sun, and The Sky Is the Limit; in 1991, Mouzon performed with Miles Davis on the movie soundtrack entitled “Dingo”; Mouzon has also acted alongside Tom Hanks in the 1996 film, That Thing You Do!; he was voted the #2 Best Multi-Instrumentalist in the 1995 Jazziz Magazine Annual Readers Poll; he currently runs his own label, Tenacious Records, teaches drums at his private school in California, and regularly performs, tours and records in the U.S. and Europe.

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