June 28, 1952 |
New Jersey, United States
Alan Pasqua (born June 28, 1952 in New Jersey) 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, Prism and Santana among many others.
Pasqua, a Steinway Piano Artist, 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 also 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."
Later he composed and performed jazz, including trio recordings with Peter Erskine (including the Grammy nominated CD Standards). He has also recorded with Allan Holdsworth and played keyboards on Marathon (Santana album) released September 1979.
He is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California.
He has one daughter, Greta.
- Milagro - CD (Postcards Records)
- Dedications - CD (Postcards)
- My New Old Friend with Peter Erskine - CD
- Live at Rocco with Peter Erskine - CD
- Badlands with Peter Erskine - CD
- Standards with Peter Erskine - CD
- Standards II with Peter Erskine - CD
- Alan Pasqua / Solo Piano - CD
- Live at Yoshi's DVD with Allan Holdsworth - DVD
- The Anti Social Club - CD
- Blues For Tony - CD
- Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans - CD
- 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."