Alphonso Young, Jr., Drums & Percussion

Drummer/percussionist Alphonso M. Young, Jr.’s versatile and imaginative style of performance has not only charmed audiences around the world, but has led such noted artists as Vanessa Rubin, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, George Colligan, Buck Hill, Ira Sullivan, Othello Molineaux, Rebecca Parris, and Jon Secada to acquire his talent. He was also the percussionist for the European tour of the Broadway show Sophisticated Ladies.

A music instructor with Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and on the faculty of Shenandoah University, Alphonso and his brother Tim lead the Young Brothers Trio and released their own CD, Tales of Time. His energetic swing style can only be described as breathtaking. If Bruce Lee played percussion, he would want to play like Alphonso Young, Jr.

15 Questions with Alphonso Young, Jr.


1. Why drums?
2. Why jazz?
3. Why the heavy gospel and blues influences in your style of jazz?
4. What jazz artist do you revere most?
5. What is your favorite jazz recording?
6. What is the best live jazz performance you've ever witnessed?
7. Who is the living jazz artist with whom you'd most like to play?
8. What is the jazz venue you'd most like to play?
9. What is your best piece of advice for young jazz artists?
10. What is your favorite quote by a jazz artist?
11. What is your favorite EBT recording/song?
12. What is your favorite EBT live performance?
13. Why Eric?
14. Why Bhagwan?
15. Why The Eric Byrd Trio?