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‘MTSU On the Record’ makes things swin...

‘MTSU On the Record’ makes things swing with father, son music educators

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Two family members expressed their shared love of music and their love for each other on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Don Aliquo, a professor of saxophone n the Jazz Studies Program in MTSU’s School of Music, and his father, Don Aliquo Sr., a jazz musician and educators tor in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, first aired July 12 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

You can listen to their conversation via the SoundCloud link below.

Don Aliquo Sr.
Don Aliquo Sr.
Don Aliquo Jr.

In addition to teaching budding musicians at MTSU, the younger Aliquo has performed with numerous important artists including Gary Burton and Roger Humphries.

His 2019 recording of “The Innocence of Spring” with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens at Hinton Hall was nominated by jazz critic Ludwig van Trikt for National Public Radio’s top 10 jazz recordings of that year.

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Gina K. Logue

Aliquo Sr., who continues to perform at age 93, has shared the stage with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, image7Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis and Woody Herman.

In 2016, the Aliquos recorded “Fathers and Sons,” a CD of standards, spirituals and original compositions with other musician fathers and sons who perform in and around Pittsburgh.

“I remember him working all day teaching and then go out and play a gig that night or play a show or something,” the younger Aliquo said of his father. “He was always busy playing music so that taught me a lot about his commitment.”

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“He … became part of the high school jazz band, and they played contemporary music,” the elder Aliquo recalled of Don Jr. “That particular contemporary music wasn’t to my liking at the moment.

I said, ‘Well, I’m going to introduce him to some serious jazz players,’ which I did, and, from that point on, he just took it and ran with it.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

Don Aliquo Sr., left, performs on saxophone accompanied by Mark Perna on bass and Kevin Moore on keyboard in this photo from February 2020. Aliquo Sr. is the father of MTSU saxophone and jazz studies professor Don Aliquo.
Don Aliquo Sr., left, performs on saxophone accompanied by Mark Perna on bass and Kevin Moore on keyboard in this photo from February 2020. Aliquo Sr. is the father of MTSU saxophone and jazz studies professor Don Aliquo. (Photo provided)

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