Alan Dawson was a respected jazz drummer and widely
influential percussion teacher based in Boston. He was born in
Marietta, Pennsylvania and raised in Roxbury, MA. Serving in
the Army for Korean War duty, Dawson played with the Army
Dance Band while stationed at Fort Dix from 1951-1953.
During his tenure, Alan explored the post-bop era by
performing with pianist Sabby Lewis. After being released from
the Army, Alan toured Europe with Lionel Hampton.
Dawson is best remembered as an early teacher of Tony
Williams. Other former students include: Terri Lyne
Carrington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Kenwood Dennard,
Gerry Hemingway, Jeff Sipe and many others