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Also known as  Alex Acuna
Instruments  Percussion

Name  Alex Acuna
Role  Drummer
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Birth name  Alejandro Neciosup Acuna
Born  December 12, 1944 (age 75) Pativilca, Peru (1944-12-12)
Genres  Jazz, jazz fusion, Afro-Cuban jazz
Occupation(s)  Drummer, percussionist, teacher
Associated acts  Clare Fischer, Perez Prado, Weather Report, KoinoniaAl Jarreau, Diana Ross, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Tolu, The Unknowns. Los Hijos del Sol...3 times Nominated to The American and Latin Grammy.
Music groups  Weather Report (1975 – 1978), Koinonia
Movies and TV shows  Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, Weather Report: Live at Montreux 1976
Similar People  Justo Almario, Abraham Laboriel, Manolo Badrena, Peter Erskine, Joe Zawinul

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Alejandro Neciosup Acuña (born December 12, 1944), known professionally as Alex Acuña, is a drummer and percussionist.

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Background

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Born 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 1966 he moved to San Juan, 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, Elvis Presley, Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Plácido Domingo, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Flack, U2, Al Jarreau and Marcos Witt. He can be found on recordings by musicians as culturally Lee Ritenour, Johnny Clegg, Roy Orbison, Yellowjackets, Lalo Schiffrin, Milton Nascimento, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, The Brecker Brothers, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Brad Mehldau, Paco de Lucia, John Patitucci, Sadao Watanabe, Lyle Mays, Diana Ross, Sergio Mendez, Robbie Robertson, Jackson Browne, Bette Midler, Jennifer Nettles, Christina Aguilera, Seal and Chris Botti.

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In the 1980s Acuña also recorded and toured with the Christian jazz band Koinonia, which featured session musicians Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario, Hadley Hockensmith, Harlan Rogers, and Bill Maxwell. The Winans, Andraé Crouch, Madonna, He played on Willy DeVille's Crow Jane Alley album and in 1987 he teamed up with Elvis Presley's TCB Band for the Roy Orbison TV special "A Black and White Night". He played percussion on Blondie's number one hit "The Tide Is High" and also recorded more than 300 movies under the direction of lalo Shiffrin, Dave Grusin, Michelle Legrand, Bill Conti, James Horner, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Michael Giacchino, Christopher Beck, Maurice Jarre, Steve Jablonsky, John Powell and Heitor Pereira. In 1987, Acuña was summoned back to Perú by producer Ricardo Ghibellini to be the musical producer of Los Hijos del Sol, a supergroup of Peruvian prodigies designed to promote Peruvian music worldwide.

He has also worked as an educator at University of California, Los Angeles and Berklee College of Music. LAMA, Musicians Institute, USC, CSUN.

Selected discography

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  • (1964) Lights! Action! Prado - Perez Prado - Drums
  • (1975) Live in Berlin 1975 - Weather Report - Percussion
  • (1976) Moonshadows - Alphonso Johnson - Percussion
  • (1976) Montreux Jazz Festival 1976 - Weather Report - Composer
  • (1976) Black Market - Weather Report
  • (1977) Heavy Weather - Weather Report
  • (1977) Ecue Ritmos Cubanos - Louie Bellson - Percussion
  • (1977) Don Juan's Reckless Daughter - Joni Mitchell - Percussion
  • (1977) Birds of Passage - Sadao Watanabe - Percussion
  • (1977) Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour - Percussion
  • (1977) Arabesque - John Klemmer - Percussion
  • (1978) Time and Chance - Caldera - Percussion
  • (1978) The Captain's Journey - Lee Ritenour - Drums, Percussion
  • (1978) Smokin' - Frankie Ortega - Drums
  • (1978) Black Forest - Luis Conte - Drums
  • (1979) Friendship - Lee Ritenour - Drums, timbales
  • (1979) Rio - Lee Ritenour - Drums
  • (1979) Feel The Night - Lee Ritenour - Congas, Timbales, Percussion
  • (1979) Dreamer - Caldera - Percussion
  • (1979) Nightingale - Gilberto Gil - Drums, Percussion
  • (1979) No One Home - Lalo Schifrin - Drums
  • (1979) Minnie - Minnie Riperton - Drums
  • (1979) Live at the Public Theater - Heath Brothers - Percussion
  • (1979) Brazilia - John Klemmer - Percusion
  • (1979) Bottom Line - John Mayall - Percussion
  • (1980) The Builder - Michael Omartian - Conductor
  • (1980) The Best of John Klemmer, Vol. 1: Mosaic - John Klemmer - Percussion
  • (1980) Masterless Samurai - Osamu Kitajima - Drums
  • (1980) Salsa Picante - Clare Fischer - Timbales, Latin Percussion
  • (1980) Only Love Can Sustain - Luis Alberto Spinetta - Servicios varios
  • (1980) Odori - Hiroshima - Guest Artist
  • (1980) Look In Your Heart - Ernie Watts - Percussion
  • (1980) In Harmony - Sesame Street - Drums
  • (1980) Gaviota - Poncho Sanchez - Guest Artist
  • (1980) Autoamerican - Blondie - Percussion
  • (1981) 2+2 - Clare Fischer - Timbales, Percussion
  • (1981) Machaca - Clare Fischer - Tambora, drums, timbales, percussion and bongos
  • (1981) Ella Abraça Jobim - Ella Fitzgerald - Drums
  • (1981) Rit - Lee Ritenour - Drums
  • (1982) Rit 2 - Lee Ritenour - Drums
  • (1982) Hollywood - Maynard Ferguson - Percussion
  • (1982) Heartlight - Neil Diamond - Drums
  • (1982) Secrets of the Andes - Victor Feldman - Drums, Percussion
  • (1982) Touchstone - Chick Corea - Cymbals, Drums, Percussion
  • (1983) The Prodigious Piano of Bobby Enriquez - Bobby Enriquez - Drums, Percussion
  • (1983) Friends - Larry Carlton - Percussion
  • (1983) Don Grusin - Don Grusin - Drums, Percussion
  • (1983) Live at Concerts by the Sea, Vol. 1 - Bobby Enriquez - Drums
  • (1984) Live at Concerts by the Sea, Vol. 2 - Bobby Enriquez - Drums
  • (1984) How Will the Wolf Survive? - Los Lobos - Percussion
  • (1984) Blues & Other Happy Moments - Barone Brothers - Percussion
  • (1984) Another Time, Another Place - Dan Siegel - Percussion
  • (1985) On The Edge - Dan Siegel - Percussion
  • (1985) Musican - Ernie Watts - Drums
  • (1985) Forever Friends - Justo Almario - Flute, Pan Flute, Drums, Percussion, Programming
  • (1985) Lyle Mays - Lyle Mays - Drums, Percussion
  • (1985) Dog Eat Dog - Joni Mitchell - Percussion
  • (1985) Atlantis - Wayne Shorter - Drums
  • (1985) Harlequin - Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour - Percussion
  • (1986) Short Stories - Dan Siegel - Percussion
  • (1986) Sanctuary - Ernie Watts - Sax Tenor, Drums, Percussion
  • (1986) New Day - Brian Bromberg - Drums, Percussion
  • (1986) Last Nite - Larry Carlton - Percussion
  • (1987) Yauaretê - Milton Nascimento - Drums
  • (1987) Plumbline - Justo Almario - Vocals, Congas, Bata, Timbales, Drums
  • (1987) Northern Nights - Dan Siegel - Percussion
  • (1987) La Bamba (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Percussion
  • (1987) Walkin' on Air - Bobbysocks! - Percussion
  • (1987) Portrait - Lee Ritenour - Percussion
  • (1987) Four Corners - Yellowjackets - Percussion, Vocals
  • (1987) By the Light of the Moon - Los Lobos - Percussion
  • (1987) All Systems Go - Donna Summer - Percussion
  • (1988) The Best of Ella Fitzgerald (Pablo) - Ella Fitzgerald - Drums
  • (1988) Politics - Yellowjackets - Percussion
  • (1988) The Immigrants - The Zawinul Syndicate - Drums, Percussion
  • (1988) Concierto De Aranjuez - Lee Ritenour, Kazumi Watanabe, Kenji Omura - Drums
  • (1988) Temple of Low Men - Crowded House - Percussion
  • (1988) Rattle and Hum - U2 - Percussion
  • (1988) La Pistola Y el Corazon - Los Lobos - Percussion
  • (1989) The Spin - Yellowjackets - Percussion, Arrangements
  • (1989) Kilowatt - Kazumi Watanabe - Percussion
  • (1989) On The Corner - John Patitucci - Drums
  • (1989) Front Seat - Sadao Watanabe - Percussion
  • (1990) The Neighborhood - Los Lobos - Drums, shekere, Percussion
  • (1990) BASSically Speaking - Brian Bromberg - Drums, Percussion
  • (1991) Zephyr - Don Grusin - Drums, Congas, Cymbals, Hi-hat, Percussion
  • (1991) Woodface - Crowded House - Percussion
  • (1991) The Mambo Kings (1992 Original Soundtrack) - Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Arturo Sandoval - Percussion
  • (1991) Sereno - Wilkins - Drums, Percussion
  • (1991) Oasis - Eric Marienthal - Percussion
  • (1991) Heart of the Bass - John Patitucci - Percussion
  • (1991) Going Home - Dan Siegel - Percussion
  • (1991) Sweet Deal - Sadao Watanabe - Percussion
  • (1991) Greenhouse - Yellowjackets - Percussion
  • (1991) Collection - Lee Ritenour - Drums, Percussion
  • (1991) Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell - Percussion
  • (1992) No Borders - Don Grusin - Drums, Cajon, Congas, Bongos, Cymbals, Handclapping, Percussion
  • (1992) Night Calls - Joe Cocker - Percussion
  • (1992) Matters of the Heart - Tracy Chapman - Percussion
  • (1992) King of the Hearts - Roy Orbison - Drums, Percussion
  • (1992) Kiko - Los Lobos - Percussion
  • (1992) Kid Gloves - Larry Carlton - Percussion
  • (1992) Heritage - Justo Almario - Drums, Percussion, Cajon
  • (1992) GRP All-Star Big Band - GRP All-Star Big Band - Percussion
  • (1992) GRP 10th Anniversary Collection - GRP All-Star Big Band - Percussion
  • (1992) Drums & Percussion - Alex Acuña - Primary Artist
  • (1992) Thinking of You - Alex Acuña and the Unknowns
  • (1992) Lift Him Up with Ron Kenoly - Ron Kenoly - Percussion
  • (1992) Worship with Don Moen - Don Moen - Percussion
  • (1992) Out of the Cradle - Lindsey Buckingham - Percussion
  • (1992) F-Zero Jazz Album - Percussion
  • (1993) World of Contemporary Jazz Groups: GRP Gold Encore Series - Percussion
  • (1993) Dear Friends - Abraham Laboriel, Larry Carlton - Drums
  • (1993) Rejoice Africa - Lionel Peterson - Percussion
  • (1993) We Are One - Tom Inglis - Percussion
  • (1993) Tropical Heart - Oscar Castro-Neves - Drums, Percussion
  • (1993) The Gateway - Dan Siegel - Percussion
  • (1993) One Touch - Eric Marienthal - Percussion
  • (1993) Native Land - Don Grusin - Vocals, Drums, Congas, cowbell, tabla, Tambourine, caxixi, Percussion
  • (1993) Another World - John Patitucci - Percussion, Vocals (Background), Drums (African), African Drums
  • (1994) Trust in the Lord - Live Worship with Don Moen - Don Moen - Drums and Percussion
  • (1994) God Is Able - Ron Kenoly - Drums and Percussion
  • (1994) As For My House - Rick and Cathy Riso - Percussion
  • (1994) Simbolo de Amor - María Martha Serra Lima - Drums
  • (1994) De mi Alma Latina - Placido Domingo - Percussion
  • (1995) Collection - Yellowjackets - Percussion, Composer, Primary Artist
  • (1995) Men In Worship - Jack Hayford - Percussion
  • (1995) Sing Out with One Voice - Ron Kenoly - Percussion
  • (1995) Mistura Fina - John Patitucci - Percussion
  • (1996) Antonio Carlos Jobim And Friends - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Percussion
  • (1996) Wayruro - Jean Pierre Magnet - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
  • (1996) This Is Jazz, Vol. 19 - Wayne Shorter - Drums
  • (1996) This Is Jazz, Vol. 10 - Weather Report - Drums
  • (1996) My People - Joe Zawinul - Percussion
  • (1996) Misses - Joni Mitchell - Percussion, Bata
  • (1996) Hits - Joni Mitchell - Percussion
  • (1996) Cosas de la Vida - María Martha Serra Lima - Percussion
  • (1996) Gillespiana - Lalo Schifrin - Latin Percussion
  • (1997) You Know That Feeling - Brian Bromberg - Percussion, Sleigh bells
  • (1997) Audiophile - Victor Feldman - Drums, Percussion
  • (1997) Taking Notes - Jeff Berlin - Percussion
  • (1997) Loving You - Shirley Horn - Percussion
  • (1997) El Angel - Oscar Feldman - Drums
  • (1998) This Is Jazz, Vol. 40: The Jaco Years - Weather Report - Drums
  • (1998) Priceless Jazz - Yellowjackets - Percussion
  • (1998) Por Amor - Álvaro López Arista & Res-Q Band - Percussion
  • (1999) Latin Jazz Suite - Lalo Schifrin - Percussion
  • (2000) Acuarela de Tambores - Alex Acuña (Grammy nominee)
  • (2002) Los Hijos del Sol: To My Country - Alex Acuña, Paquito D'Rivera, Wayne Shorter - Producer, Mixing, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Cajon
  • (2002) Live and Unreleased - Weather Report - Drums, Percussion, Composer
  • (2002) Faces & Places - Joe Zawinul - Main Personnel, Shaker, Percussion, Musician
  • (2003) Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology - Jaco Pastorius - Drums
  • (2003) Alegria - Wayne Shorter - Percussion
  • (2004) Rediscovery On Grp: Chick Corea Family - Chick Corea - Drums, Percussion
  • (2004) The Hang - Don Grusin - Drums, Percussion
  • (2005) No Accent - Alex Acuña - Primary Artist, Audio Production, Drums, Percussion
  • (2006) Serenata Inkaterra - Jean Pierre Magnet - Percussion
  • (2006) Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1976 - Weather Report - Drums
  • (2006) Brown Street - Joe Zawinul - Percussion
  • (2006) Forecast: Tomorrow - Weather Report - Percussion
  • (2006) Favorites: Sun Sea and Sand - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Percussion
  • (2006) Tribute Concert - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Percussion
  • (2006) All One - Oscar Castro-Neves - Main Personnel, Drums
  • (2007) Tambolero - Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars - Member of Attributed Artist, Drums
  • (2007) Lalo Schifrin and Friends - Lalo Schifrin - Additional Personnel, Performer
  • (2007) In the Spirit of Jobim - Brian Bromberg - Featured Artist, Drums, Percussion
  • (2007) Ultimate Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius - Percussion
  • (2008) Amparo - Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour - Drums, Percussion
  • (2008) Change of Space - Patrick Moraz - Percussion
  • (2009) The Chick Corea Songbook - The Manhattan Transfer - Percussion
  • (2009) It Is What It Is - Brian Bromberg - Congas, Percussion, String Section
  • (2009) Jungle City - Alex Acuña - Primary Artist
  • (2009) Serenata de los Andes en Vivo - Jean Pierre Magnet - Percussion
  • (2010) Drum 'n' Voice Vol. 3 - Billy Cobham - Percussion
  • (2010) The Imagine Project - Herbie Hancock - Percussion
  • (2011) Heritage - Opeth - Percussion on 'Famine'
  • (2012) ¡Ritmo! – The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band (Directed by Brent Fischer) - Drums, Percussion
  • (2012) Barxeta with Jan Gunnar Hoff and Per Mathisen
  • (2012) Live & Extensions - The Manhattan Transfer - Percussion
  • (2012) Compared to That - Brian Bromberg - Featured Artist, Percussion
  • (2013) The Voice of Jazz - Ella Fitzgerald - Drums
  • (2014) Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced - Joni Mitchell - Bells, Percussion
  • (2015) Jaco (Original Soundtrack) - Jaco Pastorius - Congas, Percussion
  • (2016) Full Circle - Brian Bromberg - Congas, Percussion
  • (2016) Sing (2016)(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Percussion
  • (2016) "Surrender"- Victor Cajiao-Joe Cristina - Drums and Percussion
  • Equipment

    Alex Acuna The CRANE AND FABIAN PROJECT BIOS

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  • Alex Acuna Special Edition Congas
  • Alex Acuna Signature Timbales
  • Alex Acuna Special Edition Cajon
  • Alex Acuna Signature Cajon
  • Alex Acuna Special Edition Bongos
  • Alex Acuna Bells
  • Awards

  • Best Latin/Brazilian Percussionist, Modern Drummer's Readers Poll.
  • References

    Alex Acuña Wikipedia


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