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Northridge/Porter Ranch, CA
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Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Record Label, Publisher, Clinician, Music Director, Arranger, Composer, Production Coordinator, Author
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ALPHONSE MOUZON – BIOGRAPHY ( UPDATED) April 9, 2011

Chairman/CEO of Tenacious Records, composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor ALPHONSE MOUZON has been composing and producing beautiful music that has captivated and enthralled audiences throughout the world for over two decades.

ALPHONSE MOUZON (who is an African American mixed with French and Blackfoot Indian) was born on November 21st in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Bonds-Wilson High School where he received his early musical training under the direction of saxophonist high school music teacher Lonnie Hamilton III, and took some drum lessons from Charles Garner before playing gigs with the Lonnie Hamilton Band. Following graduation from high school, he moved to New York to study music and drama at New York City College and medicine at Manhattan Medical School. MOUZON took drum lessons from jazz pianist Billy Taylor's drummer Bobby Thomas. While attending college, Alphonse played in the pit band of the Broadway show "PROMISES, PROMISES" after being recommended by Bobby Thomas. MOUZON also worked as a medical technologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital after graduating from Manhattan Medical School. However his medical career was short lived.

By 1969 his reputation as a player had spread to such an extent that a medical career was no longer attractive. By the early seventies, he had embarked upon a musical journey that would take him to almost every corner of the world and would establish his reputation as one the most creative musician of the era. In 1975 MOUZON studied acting at The Lee Strausberg Institute for Actors in Hollywood, California. In 1997 he studied acting with Susan Ricketts and in 1998 MOUZON studied advance voice-overs with Don Pitts at California State University of Northridge.

ALPHONSE MOUZON musical associations read like a veritable Who's Who of Modern Jazz and Pop Music. His talents cover a broad range of musical disciplines and philosophies. He was the rhythmic foundation for the far reaching musical explorations of pianist McCoy Tyner. He was a charter member along with keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, of the group Weather Report. Along with guitarist Larry Coryell, MOUZON was co-founder of The Eleventh House, the seminal fusion band of the seventies.

ALPHONSE MOUZON has also played and/or recorded with Gil Evans, Roy Ayers, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola, JeanLuc Ponty, Les McCann, Ronnie Laws, Wolfgang Dauner, Klaus Doldinger's Passport, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Nathan East, Cecil McBee, Albert Mangelsdorff, Joachim Kuhn, Jasper van't Hof, Michel Legrand, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Donald Bird, Chet Baker, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Ernie Watts, Sonny Rollins, Wallace Roney, Arturo Sandoval, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, George Coleman, John Klemmer, Billy Harper, Dave Grusin, Russ Freeman, George Howard, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Kenny G., Joanne Brackeen, Horace Parlan, Robin Kenyatta, Ross Carnegie Orchestra, ex-girlfriend Roberta Flack, Sheila E., Celia Cruz, Gloria Lynn, Gloria Coleman, Denise Williams, Freda Payne, Shirley Scott, Anita O'Day, Betty Davis, and in 1991, he performed with Miles Davis on the movie soundtrack album entitled "Dingo". MILES DAVIS even spoke highly of MOUZON in his book entitled "Miles - The Autobiography".

MOUZON has also played with and helped the early careers of Lee Ritenour, David Beniot, Gerald Albright, Sam Riney, Brandon Fields, Greg Karukas, Dave Koz, and Richard Elliot.

MOUZON's rock/pop credentials include gigs with no less respectable a crew than Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Patrick Moraz, Tommy Bolin and Chubby Checker. ROBERT PLANT, lead singer for the legendary rock group LED ZEPPELIN, named ALPHONSE MOUZON, during his acceptance speech for induction into the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, one of the band's major influences .

Besides radio, MOUZON's music has been aired on CBS, NBC and ABC's Daytime Television Soap Operas and on CBS Sports!!

ALPHONSE MOUZON'S name can be found in just about every Jazz Encyclopedia/ Dictionary, and is listed the 2nd edition of Marquis Who's Who In Entertainment and Who's Who In The World. MOUZON was voted the #2 BEST MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST in the 1995 Jazziz Magazine Annual Readers Poll.
He was voted #4 Jazz Drummer n the Modern Drummer Poll in 2010.

In 1992, ALPHONSE MOUZON formed TENACIOUS RECORDS and in 1992, released his TOP TEN CD entitled "THE SURVIVOR". Subsequent releases on Tenacious Records "ON TOP OF THE WORLD", "EARLY SPRING", "BY ALL MEANS", "LOVE FANTASY", "BACK TO JAZZ", "AS YOU WISH", "THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG", "THE SKY IS THE LIMIT", "DISTANT LOVER", "MORNING SUN" , and "ABSOLUTE GREATEST LOVE SONGS & BALLADS" "LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD", "JAZZ IN BEL-AIR" were NUMBER ONE, TOP TEN, or TOP TWENTY CDs. “ANGEL FACE” is the new all-star straight-ahead CD from Alphonse Mouzon featuring Arturo Sandoval, Wallace Roney, Shunzo Ohno, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts, Don Menza, Antoine Roney, Charles Owens, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Henry “ The Skipper” Franklin, Darek Oleszskiewicz, Emma Alexandra Mouzon and composer/arranger/drummer Alphonse Mouzon, who also plays piano and trumpet on the ANGEL FACE” CD/Album.

At present, MOUZON performs in Europe and in the U.S. with his trio, quartet, or quintet and as a featured guest artist with other groups. ALPHONSE MOUZON also teaches drums at THE ALPHONSE MOUZON INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE DRUM SCHOOL in Northridge, CA. Tel: 818-368-6479.

See ALPHONSE MOUZON along with actor TOM HANKS in the 1996 film "THAT THING YOU DO". ALPHONSE is acting and playing drums. He also composed the music score for the Blue Spot jazz club scene, in which he plays a smoking drums solo. The acoustic piano melody and solo on "Blue Spot" were also performed (off camera) by Alphonse Mouzon. MOUZON's music can be heard on the soundtrack for the 1997 film by actress Tisha Campbell called SPRUNG. ALPHONSE MOUZON can also be seen in a 2004 movie with Michael Keaton, Margaret Collins, and Katie Holmes called "FIRST DAUGHTER". ALPHONSE MOUZON composed the original music score for the brilliant short film by former jazz critic and now writer/director Dan Margules called BEGLEITER. MOUZON acted in the 2009 feature film by actor/director Robert Davi and Chazz Palminteri called THE DUKES.

Alphonse and his kids released on 2010, a jazz-funk / hip-hop CD call entitled “ THE MAIN ATTRACTION” by his oldest son/Rapper MOUZON (aka Alphonse Philippe Mouzon (Lethal Weapon) featuring ALPHONSE MOUZON on drums, trumpet, keyboards, bass, guitars along with his daughter pop singer Emma Alexandra Mouzon and Filipino pop singer Sharon T.

Alphonse is a Christian and always has been a believer in Christ and the Almighty, Omnipotent God! Mouzon is a Prostate Cancer survivor who recommends that every man over 35 years old have a PSA blood test done to make sure cancer is not present. Early detection is a lifesaver! Please visit MOUZON's websites at:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AlphonseMouzon
http://www.tenaciousrecords.com/Purchase_Music.html
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/alphonse-mouzon/id16496217
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mouzonmusic
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mouzon-aka-alphonse-philippe/id36...
http://twitter.com/alphonsemouzon
http://www.myspace.com/alphonsemouzon
http://www.facebook.com/alphonse.mouzon
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111876103365&ref=mf
http://www.youtube.com/alphonsemouzon
http://thejazznetwork.ning.com/profile/AlphonseMouzon
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alphonse-mouzon/26/31b/b9b

PLEASE JOIN THE ALPHONSE MOUZON WORLDWIDE FAN CLUB TODAY IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!
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Mouzon's motto is "Veracity and Integrity are Virtues". Keep the faith!
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Vocalist, Piano, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Trumpet, Saxophone, Guitar, Other
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October, November
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NEW FUNKY, JAZZY HIP-HOP/RAP CD FROM RAPPER MOUZON ( the son of jazz legend Alphonse Mouzon)

NEW FUNKY, JAZZY, ROCK, DANCE, HIP-HOP/RAP CD "THE MAIN ATTRACTION" FROM MY SON/RAPPER MOUZON (aka Alphonse Philippe Mouzon) FEATURING 13 YEAR-OLD EMMA ALEXANDRA MOUZON ON VOCALS; SHARON T. (TANYAG) ON VOCALS, AND JAZZ LEGEND ALPHONSE MOUZON ON ALL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING TRUMPET AND LEAD VOCALS!!!!
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MARCH 19, 2016 AT ROSCOE’S SEABIRD JAZZ LOUNGE – 730 EAST BROADWAY STREET, LONG BEACH, CA 90802

SHOWTIMES: 8PM & 10PM – FREE PARKING – 2 DRINKS PER SHOW

 

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At 8:34pm on July 26, 2011, cheryl pyle said…
dera mr m .. congrats on your new cd - wonderful news -peacelovemusic to you and yours , cheryl nyc
At 7:05am on October 26, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
hi Alphonse! how have you been? check out my new cd on:
http://www.myspace.com/petracaramela
have fun!
PS tried to add you as friend on MySpace but it did not work..
take care! P
At 12:44am on June 26, 2010, Peter Davis said…
Thanks Alphonse.And yup, as a dad, I had an enjoyable Father's Day.

Just to say caught a clip of you with Weather Report along with Miroslav etc and indeed Jon Surman and Skid (Alan Skidmore) on flute - by far some of the best Brit players who had the sense to get out of the UK! Just fabuluous. As fresh now as was then. And streets ahead of much supposed 'new' stuff around now.

Plus there's definitely a buzz happening about the resurgence of such as RTF etc and what you oioneered. Certainly it's rubbed off on my band and as you know I'll always be grateful to you and Tony W Joe Wayne Miles et al. So much to be done now and really made the most of. Maybe one day we might yet share the same stage. Who knows? It'd be an honour!
Kindest
Peter
At 5:46pm on June 20, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Happy Father's Day Alphonse,

We don't see enough of you here :-/
Miss ya.

Jaijai
At 7:03am on April 26, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
hello alphonse! how have you been? check out my few new songs on: http://www.myspace.com/petracaramela
my new cd is ready but longer songs versions still to come. lots of work but big fun! take care, P
At 3:48am on April 11, 2010, Peter Davis said…
Dear Alphonse, how's the great AM doing? Glad to see that 'fusion's' (although I hate labels but you know what I mean!) 'kinda' starting to come back into the consciousness. Still can't beat AM a' roarin' behind 'Mind Transplant' n' of course Larry Corryel's such a wonderful player. Was listening to Miles, 'Spanish Key' and was thinking how such as you Tony, Leon, Acuna, Billy, Eric, Buddy M et al made it all possible. Blessings and all power of the groove to you!

At 1:48am on September 2, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hey! Where's our favorite musician? Haven't seen you here for a while.... :-(

We miss ya round here parts!

Jaijai
At 2:21am on August 2, 2009, Peter Davis said…
Pleasure Alphonse, meant every word believe me! Glad the tour's gone well. What a line-up! Wow!
Peace and blessings
Peter
At 12:35am on August 2, 2009, Warren Benbow said…
Thank you Al for your kind words.

I'm glad that you, Joey and Larry had a great tour and I hope to see you when I get out west or when you come back east.

Say "Hey" to the "Fam" from Uncle Warren....Ha!
At 12:57am on June 11, 2009, Peter Davis said…
Dear Alphonse,

Was playing 'Mind Transplant' (the album) still one of my (and the band's) favorite albums. Sounds as fresh today as the day it was recorded and has remained a huge influence on me/us musically. And of course there's the wonderful (and tragic) Tommy Bolin. We've got a new young hugely gifted Italian guitarist with the band now, and he's been totally blown away by Tommy's playing. Who knows what else Tommy may have achieved. But the legacy remains. What's so important about such work is its sheer guts, fire and passion, essences SO badly lacking in much of jazz/rock now.
We hope to redress the balance.
Huge respect
Sincerely
Peter
 
 
 

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