Don Aliquo is a jazz saxophonist's saxophonist. Drawing from a wide variety of influences, Don merges his technical knowledge of the instrument and fuses it with an emotion, passion and a desire to go "outside" rarely found in contemporary jazz artists.
Originally from Pennsylvania, where he is still one of Pittsburgh's most popular and respected jazz musicians, Aliquo moved to the Nashville area to teach Saxophone & Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University in 1999. He was recently named Director of the Jazz Studies program at MTSU. He holds the M.M. and the B. MusEd. From Duquesne University and has studies with at the Berklee College of Music. He has studies saxophone with Joeseph Viola, George Garzone, Marino Galluzzo and Eric Kloss among others.
February Regrets (1997) and Power of Two (1999) showcase Aliquo's original compositional style and innovative modern tenor approach within the genre. Both recordings were critically acclaimed. Power of Two was featured on JazzSouth Radio, a syndicated program carried by more than 240 stations on four continents and was nominated for Nashville Music Award Jazz Album of the year in 2000.
Aliquo has shared the stage with internationally celebrated artists including David Liebman, Claudio Roditi, Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, Herbie Mann, Charlie Haden and Doc Cheatham. Other recent performances include the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New York City and at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. Additionally, Don is a sought after jazz clinician, giving master classes at universities including Loyola, (New Orleans), Carnegie-Mellon, Butler, James Madison, the University of Kansas, and the University of Mississippi.