Don Alias was born on December 25, 1939 in New York City. He briefly pursued a career in biochemistry but his love for percussion led him to music full time by the early 1960s. Don has played drumset and congas with a lengthy list of jazz and popular artists, including Miles Davis, Blood, Sweat & Tears, David Sanborn and Paul Simon. He continues to tour and record and has set the highest standards for aspiring percussionists.
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