To make an impact on the world, a person isn't required to be famous or rich. This is exactly the case with jazz drummer Alvin Fielder. Al, as he is called by many of his friends, has put all his efforts and skills into bringing jazz music to the 21st century. Yet many people of the world don't recognize him. Fame and fortune is not what Fielder desires. His love goes to the community, friends, and the world; not for money, not to be a star, but to be someone that they can look up to. So after thirty years of hard work, respect for Mr. Fielder is well past due.
Alvin Fielder was born in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 23, 1935. He has a brother named Bill Fielder. Al became interested in music from the very beginning, not surprisingly, since both of his parents were musicians. His mother played the piano and violin, while his father studied the coronet. As a result, music was always heard around the house. When Al was about six, he took piano lessons for about three years but disliked his teacher. Then, at about the age of twelve , a friend of Al's played the drums. who had a natural talent playing percussion. His friend gave him an album titled Koko by Charlie Walker. The drummer was Max Roach. Young Al loved the way Max played the drums, and that's how Al became attracted to playing the drums (Fielder interview).
Al attended Xavier College in New Orleans from 1951 to 1953, then he attended Texas Southern from 1953 to 1956. The University of Illinois was the place where Al went for graduate school. He wanted to become a pharmacist like his father before him. However, even during his graduate studies, all he wanted to do was play music (Fielder interview).