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).