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Don Aliquo

Steeped in Pittsburgh’s rich jazz tradition, saxophonist Don Aliquo grew up listening to and learning from jazz legends. Following in the footsteps of his father, a well-respected jazz artist himself, Don spent his formative years performing with many of the region’s greats including Joe Harris, Danny Conn Johnny Costa, David Budway, and Jeff Watts. His musical development continued at the Berklee College of Music, where he played in the International Dues Band directed by Phil Wilson. George Garzone, Joe Viola, Ed Tomasi and John La Porta were instrumental in his artistic growth at Berklee.

Don’s early professional career included tours as lead alto with the Tommy Dorsey Band directed by Buddy Morrow, and as a baritone saxophonist with the legendary drummer Buddy Rich. He also toured extensively with the East Coast R & B group, Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band, recording, writing horn arrangements, and performing as a soloist.

After these expanding and maturing experiences, Don’s career took two crucial turns. He began performing and recording with Roger Humphries, the legendary Horace Silver drummer, while furthering his musical development at Duquesne University.

Under the direction of master-composer John “Doc” Wilson, Don completed a master’s degree in performance summa cum laude, discovered a love for teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and earned multiple honors and awards.

Album

Growth

Label: Ear Up Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Salt and Light; Woman Clothed in the Sun, Lower Broadway Rundown, Growth, Pedal Taverns, For the Vulnerable, Naked Statues, Blues for Duffy and Doug

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News: Recording

Nashville Saxophonist/Composer Don Aliquo Expands His Creative Horizons With 'Growth,' Set For Feb. 17 Release On Ear Up Records

Nashville Saxophonist/Composer Don Aliquo Expands His Creative Horizons With 'Growth,' Set For Feb. 17 Release On Ear Up Records

Saxophonist Don Aliquo lives up to the title of Growth—his eighth album, set for a February 17 release on Ear Up Records—with a trial by fire. Armed with his tenor sax and bass clarinet, as well as two venturesome, piano-less quartets, the Nashville area-based artist pushes past his established comfort zone and into more precarious and ...

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News: Recording

Announcing 'The Innocence Of Spring' By Don Aliquo + Michael Jefry Stevens Live At Hinton Hall On The Arc Label

Announcing 'The Innocence Of Spring' By Don Aliquo + Michael Jefry Stevens Live At Hinton Hall On The Arc Label

Announcing The Innocence Of Spring By Don Aliquo + Michael Jefry Stevens Live At Hinton Hall on the ARC Label. Recorded live at Middle Tennessee State University’s Hinton Hall, the release of The Innocence Of Spring (ARC-0736) brings together two veterans of the US jazz scene in saxophonist Don Aliquo and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. In ...

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Soul Serenade-The Gloria Lynne Project

Label: M&M Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT 4:35 Billy May / Milton Raskin / Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. / BMI 2. NOTHING EVER CHANGES MY LOVE FOR YOU 4:59 Jack Segal / Marvin Fischer / Fred Fischer / Sony / ATV Tunes LLC / ASCAP 3. SOUL SERENADE 4:34 Curtis Ousley / Luther Dixon / EMI Longitude Music / BMI 4. FOR YOU 3:30 Joe Burke /Al Dubin / Warner Bros Inc. / ASCAP 5. BLUE GARDENIA 5:07 Bob Russell / Lester Lee / Warner Bros & Harrison Music Group / ASCAP 6. THE JAZZ IN YOU 5:31 Chris Towns / Luther Dixon / Songs of Universal Inc. / BMI 7. HAPPY SHOES 4:33 Bobby Scott / Richard Alhert / Amber Leigh Music Inc. / ASCAP 8. SWEET PUMPKIN 3:47 Dr. Ronnell Bright / THGIRB Music / ASCAP 9. OUT OF THIS WORLD 4:05 Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer / Edwin Morris H Co Inc. / Chappell Morris ASCAP 10. SPEAKING OF HAPPINESS 3:52 Jimmy Radcliffe / Buddy Scott / Lucky Duck Music / Songs of Media Creature Universal Songs of Polygram International Inc. / BMI 11. THAT’S NO JOKE 4:08 Joe Bailey / Rightsong Music Inc. / BMI 12. HE NEEDS ME 4:57 Arthur Hamilton / Mark VII LTD / ASCAP 13. LET’S TAKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALK 3:27 Irving Berlin / Berlin Irving Music Corp / ASCAP 14. SERENADE IN BLUE 6:14 Harry Warren / Mack Gordon / Warner Bros Music Corp / ASCAP

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The Jazz in You

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Label: M&M Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 05:31

Album

Fathers and Sons

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2017
Track listing: But Not For Me; Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen; Because He Lives; The Symbol of Priority; So Danco Samba; The September One; I Should Care; Fathers and Sons; Lush Live; Wendt's Bent.

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News: Recording

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

Setting down roots in Pittsburgh two years ago has borne fruit for alto saxophonist Richie Cole in the form of his beautiful new album, Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs. The CD, his first all-ballads album, will be released on his Richie Cole Presents imprint on October 21. “I don’t play the saxophone, I sing ...

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Article: Interview

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

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Article: Album Review

Nashville Jazz Orchestra: It Ain't Necesssarily So

Read "It Ain't Necesssarily So" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This splendid debut recording by the Nashville Jazz Orchestra is subtitled “New Twists on Gershwin Classics." No argument there, starting with the picturesque “Cuban Overture" from 1932 and encompassing a trio of songs from the folk opera Porgy and Bess, which premiered three years later. Also on the bill of fare are the standards “But Not ...


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