Saxophonist Don Aliquo has been described as a musician with a “fluid and articulate flow of always surprising ideas, sophisticated with a dexterous technique and an incredibly smooth tenor sound that seduces rather than shouts.” His career began in jazz-rich Pittsburgh, where he grew up listening to and learning from the city’s jazz legends while following in the footsteps of his father, a well-respected jazz artist.
An active performer and recording artist, Aliquo has released five solo recordings. His latest CD, entitled SUN & SHIELD features veteran jazz masters Rufus Reid, bass, Jim McNeely, piano and the dynamic drummer Obed Calvaire. His previous recordings, JAZZ FOLK and ANOTHER REPLY were critically acclaimed and received extensive national air play.
Since 1999, Don has held a faculty position at Middle Tennessee State University near Nashville, where Aliquo is Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone. In the Nashville area, Don has performed in concerts and/or recordings with Gary Burton, Greg Osby, Rufus Reid, Pete Christlieb, Scott Robinson, and Marvin Stamm.
Don is an in-demand clinician, presenting concerts and clinics throughout the United States and is honored to represent Vandoren (reeds and mouthpieces) and P.Mauriat (saxophones) as an artist/clinician.