Alvin Queen

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Alvin Queen
Alvin Queen, Aarhus, Denmark, 2016
Background information
Born (1950-08-16)August 16, 1950
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, label owner
Instruments Drums
Years active 1966–present
Labels Nilva
Alvin Queen in Dachau, 2001

Alvin Queen is an American-born Swiss jazz drummer born in the Bronx, New York, on August 16, 1950. At 16, he played for Ruth Brown and Don Pullen and with the Wild Bill Davis trio. He played with trombonist Benny Green and guitarist Tiny Grimes in 1969 and replaced Billy Cobham in the Horace Silver quintet. He also played with the George Benson quartet before rejoining Charles Tolliver in November 1971. During the seventies, he lived in Canada, before settling in Switzerland in 1979 and creating the label Nilva, an anagram of his first name.

He has also played with Michael Brecker, Kenny Drew, Bennie Wallace, Duško Gojković, Johnny Griffin, and George Coleman.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Alvin Queen in Europe (Nilva, 1980)
  • Ashanti (Nilva, 1981)
  • Glidin' and Stridin' (Nilva, 1981) with Junior Mance
  • A Day in Holland (Nilva, 1983) with Dusko Goykovich
  • Lenox and Seventh (Black and Blue, 1985) with Dr. Lonnie Smith
  • Jammin' Uptown (Nilva, 1985)
  • I'm Back (Nilva, 1992)
  • I Ain't Looking at You (Tokuma, 2005)
  • Mighty Long Way (Justin Time, 2008)

As sideman[edit]

With George Coleman

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With John Hicks and Elise Wood

With John Patton

With Pharoah Sanders

With Charles Tolliver


  1. ^ Alvin Queen (1950-08-16). "Alvin Queen | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 

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