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Alan Dawson

Born: July 14, 1929 | Died: February 23, 1996    Primary Instrument: Drums

Alan Dawson

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. He began teaching at Berklee College of Music in 1957. Dawson suffered a ruptured disc in 1975 which led to him halting his touring schedule, to leave Berklee and limit his teaching to his home in Lexington, MA....
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As A Leader

Waltzin' With Flo
Space Time
2002, recorded Dec. 13, 1992
Tracks: Penta Blues; Airegin; Two Stepped; Waltz for Flo; 1993 A.D.; Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day; Havana Days; Old Devil Moon; Joshua.
Personnel: Alan Dawson: drums, vibes; Donald Brown: piano; Ray Drummond: bass; Andrew McGhee: tenor sax; Bill Mobley: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bill Pierce: soprano sax, tenor sax; Tony Reedus: drums; James Williams: piano.

As A Sideman

Jaki Byard Live
Prestige
1994, recorded April 15, 1965
Tracks: Twelve; Denise; Thing What Is; Broadway; Alan's Got Rhythm; Cathy; Bass-Ment Blues.
Personnel: Personnel: Jaki Byard: piano; Joe Farrell: tenor sax, soprano sax drums; George Tucker: bass; Alan Dawson: drums, vibes.


Dave Brubeck We're All Together Again For the First Time
Mobile Fidelity/Atlantic
1995, recorded Oct. or Nov. 1972
Tracks: Truth; Unfinished Woman; Koto Song; Take Five; Rotterdam Blues; Sweet Georgia Brown* (*Brubeck piano solo).
Personnel: Dave Brubeck: piano; Paul Desmond: alto sax; Gerry Mulligan: baritone sax; Jack Six: bass; Alan Dawson: drums.


Jaki Byard Quaret with Joe Farrell The Last From Lennie's
Prestige
2003, recorded April 15, 1965
Tracks: Twelve [alternate take]; Dolphy #1;After You've Gone/Strolling Along; St. Mark's Place Among the Sewers; Dolphy #2; Jaki Byard's Ballad Medley: Tea for Two/Lover/Strolling Along/Cherokee; King David.
Personnel: Jaki Byard: piano; Joe Farrell: tenor sax, soprano sax; George Tucker: bass; Alan Dawson: drums.

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