PERFORMS WITH: Dave Mason
About the ArtistBorn in Chicago, Alvino began playing drums at 10 years old with the William Penn Elementary School drum and bugle corps. Soon after, he started playing for various local bands. At fourteen, he began traveling the country, working the club circuit.
He was spotted in a club at age 17 and approached by blues legend, KoKo Taylor, to lend his talent. At the same time, many other blues and R&B luminaries began to call on him for his talent. These stars included: Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Cash McCall, and Mighty Joe Young just to name a few.
In 1974, Alvino got a call call to tour with the late great songstress, Minnie Ripperton. This tour opened the doors for many other projects, such as working with Gong Show Guest, Jaye P. Morgan and the vocal group "The Originals". In addition, Alvino also worked with the family singing group, "The Sylvers". This, in turn, led to many Motown and other recording sessions.
Alvino hit on one of the biggest projects of his career in 1978, which was the million selling R&B band, "L.T.D.", of which he was a member for 5 years. Alvino quickly became a highly sought after "in demand drummer" for such stars as Cheryl Lynn, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower, Sheena Easton, Little Richard, Slash's Blues Ball, Patrice Rushen, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and many more.
In 2003, while playing a local gig near his home in So. California, Bill Mason from Dave Mason's band stopped by to "sit in" with Alvino and friends. The two exchanged numbers and became friends. Within a few months, a spot was open for drums with the Dave Mason Band. Alvino has been an integral part of the band ever since!!