- Genre: Jazz
- Instrument: Saxophone - Tenor
- E-Mail: email@example.com
- Web Site: Here
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Steeped in Pittsburgh’s rich jazz tradition, saxophonist Don Aliquo grew up listening to and learning from the city’s 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 brief tours as lead alto with the Tommy Dorsey Band and as a baritone saxophonist with the legendary drummer Buddy Rich. Additionally, he spent several years performing with ex- Horace Silver drummer, Roger Humphries while continuing his studies at Duquesne University where he studied with Dr. John Wilson. In 1999, Don moved to the Nashville area to accept a faculty position at Middle Tennessee State University where he is currently Director of Jazz Studies. In the Nashville area, Don has performed in concerts and/or recordings with Gary Burton, Greg Osby, Rufus Reid, Pete Christlieb, Scott Robinson, Jeff Coffin and Marvin Stamm. His latest CD, Jazz Folk (2006) featuring Rufus Reid, Dana Landry, Jim White and Clay Jenkins, has received positive media attention and extensive national and international airplay. Don is an in-demand clinician, presenting concerts and clinics throughout the United States. Don is currently involved in a number of musical projects including the Southern Excursion Quartet featuring pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, drummer Tom Giampietro, and bassist Jonathan Wires. The group performs throughout the southern United States and has released its first recording Trading Post (Artists Recording Collective - 2008). Don is involved in several new CD projects. One features Roger Humprhries, David Budway and Dwayne Dolphin. Another is with the Affinity Trio featuring Jeff Coffin. Both projects have an expected release date in 2010, and Don’s fifth solo recording project is also planned to begin in Spring 2010. Aliquo is honored to represent Vandoren (reeds and mouthpieces) and P.Mauriat (saxophones) as an artist/clinician.