Alvin Queen

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Alvin Queen in Dachau, 2001

Alvin Queen (born August 16, 1950 in Bronx , New York) is an American modern jazz drummer .

Queen, who comes from a working-class family, earned the money for drum lessons as a shoe shine. At the age of twelve he was already involved in a record recording. Horace Silver brought him into his band in 1968. Then Queen played with George Coleman , Randy Weston , Milt Jackson , George Benson and above all Charles Tolliver , with whom he visited Europe in 1971. After another European tour, he moved to Geneva in 1978 and worked from there with Jimmy Woode , Jay McShann , Harry Sweets Edison , Pharoah Sanders , Junior Mance and Johnny Griffin . Since 1980 he has been traveling with his own groups, to which musicians such as Dusko Goykovich , Dr. Lonnie Smith , Terence Blanchard or John Hicks belonged. Queen also appeared in Robert Altman's film Kansas City . He then performed regularly with Bennie Wallace's band , but also with the Radio Big Band Belgrade, Dee Dee Bridgewater , the trios of Jesper Thilo and Vince Benedetti and with his own bands ( I Ain't Looking At You , 2007). Queen was a member of the quartet with which Oscar Peterson gave his last two concerts in Germany in 2005.

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