Alan Pasqua

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Alan Pasqua
Born (1952-06-28) June 28, 1952 (age 66)
New Jersey
Genres Jazz, rock, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Postcards, Cryptogramophone, Moonjune, BFM Jazz, Fuzzy
Associated acts Giant, Tony Williams Lifetime

Alan Pasqua (born June 28, 1952) is an American jazz pianist, educator, and composer. He co-composed the CBS Evening News theme. He has also had an extensive career in pop and rock music, most notably as a founding member, keyboardist, and songwriter of the 1980s hard rock band, Giant. He studied at Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music. His album Standards with drummer Peter Erskine was nominated for a Grammy Award. As a session musician, he has toured and recorded with Bob Dylan, Cher, Michael Bublé, Eddie Money, Allan Holdsworth, Joe Walsh, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Juice Newton, Prism, and Santana.

Biography[edit]

Pasqua grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey.[1]

Pasqua joined The New Tony Williams Lifetime and appeared on the albums Believe It and Million Dollar Legs. He then went on to perform with Eddie Money's band, after which he then joined Bob Dylan's band. Pasqua recorded two albums with Dylan (Bob Dylan at Budokan and Street-Legal). In the 1980s he performed with John Fogerty on the album Eye of the Zombie, with Starship on the album No Protection, with Allan Holdsworth on the album Sand, and joined Carlos Santana as keyboardist on Marathon, Zebop! and Havana Moon.

He was a founding member of the late-1980s rock band Giant, and he co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "I'll See You in My Dreams."

In 2017 Pasqua provided the uncredited "background-y" piano accompaniment for Dylan's Nobel Prize for Literature recorded speech.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Milagro (Postcards, 1994)
  • Dedications (Postcards, 1995)
  • Lee Ritenour – Alive in L.A. (GRP, 1997)
  • Russian Peasant (Blue Forest, 2000)
  • The Music of Eric Von Essen, Vol. 1 (Cryptogramophone, 2000)
  • The Music of Eric von Essen, Vol. 2 (Cryptogramophone, 2001)
  • Latin Jazz (Yamaha Artists, 2001)
  • Body & Soul (Video Arts, 2004)
  • My New Old Friend (Cryptogramophone, 2005)
  • Solo (Alan Pasqua, 2007)
  • Standards (Fuzzy, 2007)
  • The Anti-Social Club (Cryptogramophone, 2007)
  • Blues for Tony (Moonjune, 2010)
  • Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans (BFM Jazz, 2011)
  • The Interlochen Concert (Fuzzy, 2016)[3]

As co-leader[edit]

With Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Darek Oleszkiewicz

  • Standards 2: Movie Music (Fuzzy Music, 2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stewart, Zan. "VALLEY WEEKEND; He's Taking His Grand Piano and Going Out on a Limb; In a break from soundtracks, synthesizers and written music, Alan Pasqua will play a spontaneous, acoustic solo show Sunday in Glendale.", Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1996. Accessed February 25, 2008. "Pasqua's been fond of acoustic pianos since he started playing at age 7 in Roselle Park, N.J."
  2. ^ Sisario, Ben, "A Really Cool Gig’: Playing Piano for Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture", New York Times, June 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  3. ^ "Alan Pasqua | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 

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