Basic Background Info

Birth: December 12, 1944
Location: Pativilca, Peru
Band: Weather Report, Alex Acuña & the Unknowns, Tolu, Canela
Genres: Jazz, Fusion, World Fusion, Latin Jazz
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Instructor


Born Alejandro Neciosup AcuÒa in Pativilca, Peru, Alex Acuna was always fascinated with rhythms. Music was and is a joyful art that has the power to transform his heart. As a child, Alex revered his older brother German, who played the saxophone. 'For [German,] music was very easy to play and to do; German became my main influence.' 

Alex Acuna recalls that he didnít choose percussionópercussion chose him. Part of a very musical family, Alex began playing drums and percussion instruments in a very self-taught fashion. When Alex Acuna was ten, he was well known from playing in local bands. At twelve, Alex Acuna could read music and played both the piano and the trumpet. He moved to Lima as a teenager, where he played 'all kinds of music and with all kinds of bands.' Working with other artists, Alex performed live and as a studio drummer for movies and television.

In 1962, as soon as Latin band-leading legend Perez Prado saw Alex Acuna play, Prado invited Alex to join him on a United States tour. The tour wound its through Las Vegas, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and all over the East Coast. Five years later, Alex moved to Puerto Rico and worked there as a studio musician and live performer. Alex Acuna concurrently studied classical and Latin percussion at the conservatory in San Juan, Puerto Rico for three years. While studying, Alex played with the Symphony Orchestra under renowned cellist Pablo Casals. 

Alex Acuna returned to the United States in 1974. He performed with both Elvis Presley and Diana Ross while living in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following year, Alex joined groundbreaking jazz group Weather Report with bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, Chester Thompson, and Wayne Shorter. Alex was overwhelmed when they asked him to join the band because it was his 'favorite band of all time.' Alex originally played percussion, but later replaced Chester Thompson on drums. Touring and recording with Weather Report was a fantastic experience, but it also strained Alex's family life. Eventually, he made the difficult decision to leave the band.

Alex Acuna moved on to Los Angeles, where he easily earned a sterling reputation as a drummer and percussionist on stage and in the studio--whether it was for television, film, or albums. Alex Acuna's list of accompaniments is lengthy and includes, to name a few: U2, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Sergio Mendes, Yellow Jackets, Chick Corea, Julio Iglesias, Koinonia, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Placido Domingo, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Gypsy Kings, Paco de Lucia, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Christina Aguilera, and Tito Puente.

His exceptional work earned him the honor of 'Best Latin/Brazilian Percussionist' from Modern Drummer's annual reader's poll five times. In the 1980s, Alex joined Koinonia, a matchless Christian jazz band. Koinonia toured and recorded for several years. Alex says that playing music gives him 'a feeling that is impossible to describe with words, in addition to all the rhythms that bring the fulfillment and enjoyment to my soul.' 

Alex Acuna's expertise is not limited to personal performances; he is also a talented teacher. Alex has offered lessons at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Berklee College of Music.

Currently, Alex Acuna performs with two groups: Alex Acuna & the Unknowns, and Tolu. The Unknowns perform 'straight modern Latin jazz.' Justo Almaraio, Luis Conte, Harry Kim, and Alex form Tolu, a band that is twenty years old and was created for no other reason besides that the members love to jam together. Tolu plays intermittently due to scheduling conflicts. They have been known not to reconvene for more than four years at a time.

Alex Acuna's career is characterized by innovation, vigor, and devotion, yet he remains humble about his success. Alex refers to himself as 'blessed, anointed, and appointed to be a modern Latin jazz musician.'


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1971 This Is Jazz, Vol. 10 Weather Report
1973 Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
1976 Black Market Weather Report
1976 Frontera Strunz & Farah
1976 Moonshadows Alphonso Johnson
1977 Arabesque John Klemmer
1977 Birds of Passage Sadao Watanabe with the Great Jazz Trio
1977 Captain Fingers Lee Ritenour
1977 Don Juan's Reckless Daughter Joni Mitchell
1977 Ecue Ritmos Cubanos Louis Bellson with Walfredo de Los Reyes
1977 Heavy Weather Weather Report
1977 Session II Session II
1978 Black Forest Luis Conte
1978 Captain's Journey Lee Ritenour
1978 Concierto de Aranjuez Kenji Omura
1978 Friendship Lee Ritenour
1978 Salsa Picante Clare Fischer
1978 Smokin' Frankie Ortega
1978 Time and Chance Caldera
1979 Bottom Line John Mayall
1979 Brazilia John Klemmer
1979 Collection Lee Ritenour
1979 Dreamer Caldera
1979 Extensions The Manhattan Transfer
1979 Feel the Night Lee Ritenour
1979 Friendship Friendship
1979 Live at the Public Theater Heath Brothers
1979 Minnie Minnie Riperton
1979 Nightingale Gilberto Gil
1979 No One Home Lalo Schifrin
1979 Rio Lee Ritenour
1980 Autoamerican Blondie
1980 Best of John Klemmer, Vol. 1: Mosaic John Klemmer
1980 Builder Michael Omartian & Stormie
1980 Ella Abraca Jobim Ella Fitzgerald
1980 In Harmony Sesame Street
1980 Look in Your Heart Ernie Watts
1981 Don't Give Up Andrae Crouch
1981 Mecca for Moderns The Manhattan Transfer
1981 Rit Lee Ritenour
1982 Heads Up Stone Alliance
1982 Heartlight Neil Diamond
1982 Orders From Headquarters Robbie Patton
1982 Rit, Vol. 2 Lee Ritenour
1982 Songs for the Shepherd Keith Green
1982 Touchstone Chick Corea
1983 Don Grusin Don Grusin
1983 Friends Larry Carlton
1983 Live at Concerts by the Sea, Vol. 1 Bobby Enriquez
1983 Love Explosion T‚nia Maria
1983 Prodigious Piano of Bobby Enriquez Bobby Enriquez
1983 Sweet Deal Sadao Watanabe
1984 Another Time, Another Place Dan Siegel
1984 Behind the Trap Door T-Bone Burnett
1984 Blues & Other Happy Moments Barone Brothers
1984 Convenant Children Phil Driscoll
1984 How Will the Wolf Survive? Los Lobos
1984 Live at Concerts by the Sea, Vol. 2 Bobby Enriquez
1985 Rit Lee Ritenour
1985 Ancient Dreams Patrick O'Hearn
1985 Atlantis Wayne Shorter
1985 BASSically Speaking Brian Bromberg
1985 Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell
1985 Forever Friends Justo Almario
1985 Harlequin Dave Grusin with Lee Ritenour
1985 Lyle Mays Lyle Mays
1985 Musician Ernie Watts
1985 New Day Brian Bromberg
1985 Night Breeze Bobby Lyle Trio
1985 No Time to Lose Andrae Crouch
1985 On the Edge Dan Siegel
1986 Brasil '88 Sergio Mendes
1986 Daring Adventures Richard Thompson
1986 Hottest Night of the Year Mark Winkler
1986 Images Bill Meyers
1986 L.A. Transit De Nova
1986 Last Nite Larry Carlton
1986 Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams BoDeans
1986 Mani and Co. L. Subramaniam
1986 Sanctuary Ernie Watts
1986 Short Stories Dan Siegel
1987 All Systems Go Donna Summer
1987 By the Light of the Moon Los Lobos
1987 Decision The Winans
1987 Four Corners The Yellowjackets
1987 High Lonesome Sound Tim Scott
1987 High Plateaux Bernardo Rubaja
1987 La Bamba Original Soundtrack
1987 La Cocina Caliente Luis Conte
1987 Larry Carlton Collection, Vol. 2 Larry Carlton
1987 Northern Nights Dan Siegel
1987 Plumbline Justo Almario
1987 Portrait Lee Ritenour
1987 Richard Marx Richard Marx
1987 Slam Dance Original Soundtrack
1987 Stand Up The Del Fuegos
1987 Turning Sam Phillips
1987 Weightless John Chiodini
1987 Wind & The Wheat Phil Keaggy
1987 YauaretÍ Milton Nascimento
1988 1st Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts
1988 Amnesia Richard Thompson
1988 Back of My Mind Christopher Cross
1988 Black and White Night Live Roy Orbison
1988 Breakfast for Dinosaurs The Fowler Brothers
1988 By Way of the World Spies
1988 Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey Maurice Jarre
1988 I'll Be with You Daryl Coley
1988 Immigrants The Zawinul Syndicate
1988 Indescribable Wow Sam Phillips
1988 Notes from the Lost Civilization Tonio K.
1988 Ongaku Hiroshima
1988 Pat McLaughlin Pat McLaughlin
1988 Pistola y el CorazÛn Los Lobos
1988 Politics The Yellowjackets
1988 Rattle and Hum U2
1988 Recently Joan Baez
1988 Salty Tears Semi-Twang
1988 State of the Art Bob Florence
1988 Temple of Low Men Crowded House
1988 This Is for You Emiel Van Egdom
1988 Urban Daydreams David Benoit
1988 What Up, Dog? Was (Not Was)
1989 Benny Mardones Benny Mardones
1989 Best of Feldman and the Generation Band Victor Feldman's Generation Band
1989 Black and White Night Live Roy Orbison & Friends
1989 Circle Back Home Tom Kimmel
1989 Cross Currents Richard Souther
1989 Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World Johnny Clegg & Savuka
1989 Eldorado Patrick O'Hearn
1989 Family Time Justo Almario
1989 For My Friends Greg Mathieson
1989 Innocence Mission The Innocence Mission
1989 JVC World Class Sampler, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1989 Kilowatt Kazumi Watanabe
1989 Late One Night Dan Siegel
1989 Latin Obsession Larry Elgart
1989 Maracuja Oscar Castro-Neves
1989 Maria McKee Maria McKee
1989 New Frontier Rick Zunigar
1989 No Woman No Cry Joan Baez
1989 One Passion Michael Paulo
1989 Round Trip Eric Marienthal
1989 Selected Sadao Watanabe
1989 Spin The Yellowjackets
1989 Stay Awake: Interpretations of Vintage Disney Films Various Artists
1989 Swingin' on a Gate (#2) Tony Elman
1989 Swingin' on a Gate Tony Elman
1989 Tim Finn Tim Finn
1989 Troy Hinton Troy Hinton
1989 World in Motion Jackson Browne
1990 Alex Acuna and the Unknowns Alex AcuÒa & The Unknowns
1990 Back 2 Back The Winans
1990 Blue Pacific Michael Franks
1990 Brasil 88: The Sound, The Music Various Artists
1990 Crossroads Eric Marienthal
1990 Finally Andrae Crouch & His Disciples
1990 Front Seat Sadao Watanabe
1990 Greenhouse The Yellowjackets
1990 Havana Original Soundtrack
1990 Heartsongs Hadley Hockensmith
1990 Heirborne Richard Souther
1990 Mark Isham Mark Isham
1990 Narada Wilderness Collection Various Artists
1990 Neighborhood Los Lobos
1990 New Land Bernardo Rubaja
1990 Praise 8 The Maranatha! Singers
1990 Private Flight Jim Walker
1990 Sketchbook John Patitucci
1990 Tiempo de Vals Chayanne
1990 Toma La Cruz Steve Green
1990 Town to Town/Ph'lip Side/Play Thru Me Phil Keaggy
1990 Without Words Thom Rotella
1991 Blow Up The Smithereens
1991 Ceremony The Cult
1991 Cool Running Jeremy Wall
1991 Cruel Inventions Sam Phillips
1991 Fish up a Tree Jennifer Robin
1991 Free Play Eduardo Del Barrio
1991 Futuro Paulo Ramos
1991 Going Home Dan Siegel
1991 Great Big Boy Leo Kottke
1991 Heart of the Bass John Patitucci
1991 Last Blue Sky Steve Fowler
1991 Listen Love Jon Lucien
1991 Mambo Kings Original Soundtrack
1991 Marrying Man David Newman
1991 Narada Collection, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1991 Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell
1991 Oasis Eric Marienthal
1991 Persistent Dreams Dave Kikoski
1991 Ph'lip Side Phil Keaggy
1991 Rumor and Sigh Richard Thompson
1991 Sereno Wilkins
1991 Simpatico Jeff Linsky
1991 So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt Keith Green
1991 Storyville Robbie Robertson
1991 Technicolours Bob Somma/John Campbell
1991 Thinking of You Alex AcuÒa & The Unknowns
1991 Through the Eyes of Love Randy Crawford
1991 Town to Town Phil Keaggy
1991 Velas Velas
1991 Walkin' on the Moon Philippe Kahn
1991 Within Reach Rick Cua
1991 Woodface Crowded House
1991 Zephyr Don Grusin
1992 Adios Amor Marisela
1992 American in Me Steve Forbert
1992 Ave Fenix Raphael
1992 Commitments, Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack
1992 Fat City Shawn Colvin
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection Various Artists
1992 GRP All-Star Big Band GRP All-Star Big Band
1992 Heritage Justo Almario
1992 Jazz Project Humberto RamÌrez
1992 Kid Gloves Larry Carlton
1992 Kiko Los Lobos
1992 King of Hearts Roy Orbison
1992 Life Is Messy Rodney Crowell
1992 Lift Him Up Tom Brooks
1992 Love and Understanding George Howard
1992 Maria Bonita Mijares
1992 Matters of the Heart Tracy Chapman
1992 My People Joe Zawinul
1992 Night Calls Joe Cocker
1992 No Borders Don Grusin
1992 No Compromise: Remembering the Music of Keith Green Various Artists
1992 Northern Exposure Various Artists
1992 Other Places Brandon Fields
1992 Out of the Cradle Lindsey Buckingham
1992 Pasos Gigantes Luis Bonilla Latin Jazz All Stars
1992 Picture Changes Phil Driscoll
1992 Retrospective Scott Cossu
1992 Rhythms of Life Bruce BecVar
1992 She Describes Infinity Scott Cossu
1992 Toda America Carlos Guedes
1992 What You're Looking Kenia
1992 Worship With Don Moen Don Moen
1993 Afternoon in Sedona Nicholas Gunn
1993 Another World John Patitucci
1993 Art & Survival Dianne Reeves
1993 Aspects Humberto RamÌrez
1993 Beach of the War Goddess Caron Wheeler
1993 Border Towns Preston Reed
1993 Brindo a La Vida Al Boler Vikki Carr
1993 Cafe Con Leche Richie Zellon
1993 Como las Alas Al Viento RocÌo Jurado
1993 Dear Friends Abraham Laboriel
1993 Devotion Warren Hill
1993 Doubleplay Peter Gordon
1993 Everlasting Love Nu Vision
1993 Getaway Dan Siegel
1993 Hay Amores Que Matan Pimpinela
1993 Heat, Dust and Dreams Johnny Clegg & Savuka
1993 In Thrall Murray Attaway
1993 Native Land Don Grusin
1993 One Touch Eric Marienthal
1993 Passion Rafael Aragon
1993 Pull Winger
1993 Rejoice Africa Various Artists
1993 River of Souls Dan Fogelberg
1993 Rom·nza (Themes of Love) Stefan Dickerson
1993 Sangre Espanola Manolo Tena
1993 Speaking in Melodies Michael Ruff
1993 Stairway Peter O'Mara
1993 Start All Over Helen Baylor
1993 Things Left Unsaid Eric Leeds
1993 Traffic from Paradise Rickie Lee Jones
1993 Tropical Heart Oscar Castro-Neves
1993 Whisper a Prayer Mica Paris
1993 World of Contemporary Jazz Groups Various Artists
1994 Bill in Brazil Bill Cunliffe
1994 Birds of a Feather Birds of a Feather
1994 California Salsa II H.M.A. Salsa-Jazz Orchestra
1994 Cita Daniela Romo
1994 Clasico Sandro
1994 De Mi Alma Latina Placido Domingo
1994 God is Able Ron Kenoly
1994 God's Comfort: Integrity Music's Scripture Memory Son Various Artists
1994 Mercy Andrae Crouch
1994 Mistura Fina John Patitucci
1994 Music for the Native Americans Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble
1994 Place with a View Celeste Howard
1994 Signs of Life Bob Mamet
1994 Simbolo De Amor Maria Martha Serra Lima
1994 Time Dreams Bruce BecVar
1994 Traffic from Paradise Rickie Lee Jones
1994 Universal Language Kevyn Lettau
1994 Way Back Home Phil Keaggy
1995 As for My House Praise & Worship
1995 Back In Your Heart Again Kalapana
1995 Brazilian Dreams Various Artists
1995 Collection The Yellowjackets
1995 Desde El Fondo De Mi Alma Raphael
1995 Feel Your Dream Roland Vazquez
1995 Global Divas Various Artists
1995 Gran Via Matt Bianco
1995 Innovators Sam Cardon/Kurt Bestor
1995 Leading Off Andy Martin
1995 Lift Him Up Ron Kenoly
1995 Miami Rhapsody Original Soundtrack
1995 No Resemblance Whatsoever Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg
1995 On the Verge Cabrio
1995 Peacemaker Clarence Clemons
1995 Promise Keepers: Raise the Standard, Part 1 Promise Keepers
1995 Pure Heart Hiroko Kokubu
1995 Raise the Standard, Pt. 2 The Maranatha Singers
1995 Sing Out Ron Kenoly
1995 Time 1 Phil Keaggy
1995 Time 2 Phil Keaggy
1995 Vanessa Rubin Sings Vanessa Rubin
1995 What's Inside Joan Armatrading
1996 Abrazate: Descarga Boricua, Vol. 2 Descarga Boricua
1996 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends Antonio Carlos Jobim
1996 Blend The BoDeans
1996 Boleros Y Cuerdas Carlos Cuevas
1996 Celestine Prophecy Christopher Franke
1996 Chilcano Jose Luis Madueno
1996 Chosen (Abakhethwa) The Chosen
1996 Cosas De La Vida Maria Martha Serra Lima
1996 Giant Sleeps Pedro Eustache
1996 Gillespiana Lalo Schifrin
1996 Grace of My Heart Original Soundtrack
1996 Hajime No Hi Sayuri Kume
1996 Hits Joni Mitchell
1996 JVC XRCD Sampler Various Artists
1996 Misses Joni Mitchell
1996 Mosaic: The Best of John Klemmer John Klemmer
1996 My Heart and Soul Michael Paulo
1996 Nazca Lines Richie Zellon
1996 Platinum Melodies Thom Rotella
1996 Shaking Free Nnenna Freelon
1996 Talk to Me Nestor Torres
1996 This Is Jazz Sampler, Vol. 21 Various Artists
1996 This Is Jazz, Vol. 19 Wayne Shorter
1996 Truly Divine Lisa Sanders
1997 Audiophile Victor Feldman
1997 Brazilian Horizons Various Artists
1997 Bridge Hiroko Kokubu
1997 Cita, Vol. 1 Daniela Romo
1997 Cita, Vol. 2 Daniela Romo
1997 Cloud Eight New Identity
1997 Cookin' for You Eddie Marshall
1997 Detra's del Sol Gabriela
1997 Distant Friends Otmaro Ruiz
1997 From the Edge of the World Severin Browne
1997 High Places: The Best of Hosanna Music Ron Kenoly/Hosanna Music
1997 Inolvidable, Vol. 1 Jose Luis Rodriguez Y Los Panchos
1997 Instrumental History of Jazz Various Artists
1997 Isn't Life Fine Lisa Sanders
1997 Latin Jazz Con Gusto Various Artists
1997 Latin Jazz Dance Classics, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1997 Live Praise and Worship Phil Driscoll
1997 Loving You Shirley Horn
1997 Once Once Sasha Sokol
1997 Portrait: The Music of Dan Fogelberg from 1972-1997 Dan Fogelberg
1997 Power of Touch Bobby Lyle
1997 Romances Luis Miguel
1997 Sax All Night John Tesh
1997 Searcher Bob Malach
1997 Silent Singing Steve Tavaglione
1997 So Much in Love Lee Oskar
1997 Taking Notes Jeff Berlin
1997 Under the Covers Dwight Yoakam
1997 Wilsons The Wilsons
1997 Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson Various Artists
1997 You Know That Feeling Brian Bromberg
1998 Behind Closed Doors, Vol. 1 Peter Erskine
1998 Beyond Words Jay Leach
1998 Chameleon Badi Assad
1998 From Good Homes From Good Homes
1998 Greatest Hits Paul Winter
1998 Greatest Science Fiction Hits, Vol. 4 Neil Norman
1998 Hecatombe Disco Vilma Palma E Vampiros
1998 High Bias Niacin
1998 Human Being Seal
1998 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Shirley Horn Shirley Horn
1998 Jennifer Paige Jennifer Paige
1998 JVC Extended Resolution Compact Disc 2 Sampler Various Artists
1998 JVC XRCD, Vol. 2 Sampler Various Artists
1998 Live with Friends Phil Driscoll
1998 Melrose Place Jazz: Upstairs at MP Original TV Soundtrack
1998 Metal Caribe Richie Zellon
1998 Priceless Jazz The Yellowjackets
1998 Quiet Cafe Kim Pensyl
1998 Somos Uno Descarga Boricua
1998 This Is Jazz, Vol. 40: The Jaco Years Weather Report
1998 Todos Los Romances Luis Miguel
1998 Woodface Crowded House
1999 Bien Frank Quintero
1999 Continuum Various Artists
1999 Crossing the Bridge Eileen Ivers
1999 Do You Have Any Sugar? Stanley Turrentine
1999 El Angel Oscar Feldman
1999 Heavy Weather Weather Report
1999 Indian Express/Mani & Co. L. Subramaniam
1999 Intimidad Joanna
1999 Jazz: The Definitive Performances Various Artists
1999 Latin Jazz Suite Lalo Schifrin
1999 Lightning over the River: The Congolese Soukous Guita Various Artists
1999 Looking Forward Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1999 Mister Blue Mister Blue
1999 Night Vision Various Artists
1999 Rain John Darnall
1999 Searching for Jimi Hendrix Various Artists
1999 Seduction of Claude Debussy The Art of Noise
1999 Sinceridad Rabito
1999 Slowing Down the World Chris Botti
1999 Smokin' Section Tom Scott & the L.A. Express
1999 This Time Los Lobos
1999 Timeless Lisa Manor
1999 Tocando Tierra: Tribute to Latin American Music Various Artists
1999 Together Sandi Patty & Kathy Troccoli
1999 Zero Zero Zero: The Best of Sam Phillips Sam Phillips
2000 Acuarela de Tambores Alex AcuÒa
2000 Along the Way: The Best of Dan Siegel Dan Siegel
2000 Cancionero: Mas y Mas Los Lobos
2000 Come by Me Harry Connick, Jr.
2000 En la Madrugada Se Fue Los Temerarios
2000 Fantasy Presents Latin Jazz Various Artists
2000 First Time Norm Douglas
2000 Innovators Sam Cardon & Kurt Bestor
2000 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, Vol. 1 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music Various Artists
2000 Mathis on Broadway Johnny Mathis
2000 My Book of Love Phil Perry
2000 Plugged In Phil Driscoll
2000 Quiet Phil Driscoll
2000 Rhythms For A New Milennium Alejandro "Alex" AcuÒa
2000 Staff The Staff
2000 Telling Stories Tracy Chapman
2000 Trane Time Various Artists
2000 Two Worlds Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour
2000 Ultimate Collection Toni Childs
2001 Action Packed: The Best of the Capitol Years Richard Thompson
2001 Autoamerican Blondie
2001 Coleccion Inolvidable, Vol. 1-3 Jose Luis RodrÌguez
2001 Collection Tracy Chapman
2001 Happiest Time of the Year Bobby Rodriguez
2001 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, Vol. 2 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars
2001 Luz En La Obscuridad Antonio DeJesus
2001 Making Spirits Bright: A Smooth Jazz Christmas Various Artists
2001 Positively Somewhere Jennifer Paige
2001 Prophecy Eliseo
2001 Romances Luis Miguel
2001 Sketches of James Various Artists
2001 Sus Canciones Chayanne
2001 This Is Smooth Jazz, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2001 Traffic Cliff Martinez
2001 Very Best of Winger Winger
2002 Best of Anita Baker Anita Baker
2002 Best of Dianne Reeves Dianne Reeves
2002 Best of Weather Report Weather Report
2002 Best Smooth Jazz Ever Various Artists
2002 BongÛ de Vangogh Tolu
2002 Escapology Robbie Williams
2002 Faces & Places Joe Zawinul
2002 Happiness T‚nia Maria
2002 Hijos del Sol: To My Country Alex AcuÒa
2002 Jaco Brian Bromberg
2002 Latin Jazz: La CombinaciÛn Perfecta Various Artists
2002 Live and Unreleased Weather Report
2002 Old Fool Back on Earth Michel Colombier
2002 Pablo Sampler Various Artists
2002 Padaje a Mi Son
2002 Paradise Humberto RamÌrez
2002 Positively Somewhere Jennifer Paige
2002 Silver Lining Bonnie Raitt
2002 Spirit of Life Various Artists
2002 Very Best of Chris Botti Chris Botti
2002 Very Best of the Winans The Winans
2002 Virgin Tracks Lisa Richard
2003 AlegrÌa Wayne Shorter
2003 Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003 Bonnie Raitt
2003 Birdland Masanori Sasaji & L.A. Allstars
2003 Cigar Lounge, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2003 Collection: Goodbye Brian Bromberg
2003 Complete Geffen Recordings Joni Mitchell
2003 Escapology Robbie Williams
2003 Evening of My Best Day Rickie Lee Jones
2003 Garden of Earthly Delights: The Best of Mark Winkler Mark Winkler
2003 Italian Job John Powell
2003 Jaco Brian Bromberg
2003 Language of Love Carol Welsman
2003 Latin Tinge Series: Jazz Samba Various Artists
2003 Libre Soledad
2003 Long Time Coming Jonny Lang
2003 Out of Time Graeme Revell
2003 Positively Somewhere Jennifer Paige
2003 Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology Jaco Pastorius
2003 Queen of Pain Devil Doll
2003 Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years Steve Forbert
2003 Soul Axess The Jazz Crusaders
2003 Soulidified Richard Smith
2003 Tranquil Moods: Drift Away Various Artists
2003 Tranquil Moods: Forever Friends Various Artists
2003 Tranquil Moods: Prelude Justo Almario
2003 Universo Fortis Alberto Fortis
2003 Very Best of Lee Ritenour Lee Ritenour
2003 What's Inside Joan Armatrading
2003 Women of Substance Various Artists
2004 Little Lovin to Brazil Patty Clark
2004 ...Compared to What? George Kahn
2004 Alabanza Viva Alvaro Lopez & Res-Q Band
2004 Beginning of Survival Joni Mitchell
2004 Best of Birds of a Feather Birds of a Feather
2004 Best of the Commitments Commitments
2004 Choices Brian Bromberg
2004 Crow Jane Alley Willy DeVille
2004 Deja Vu All Over Again John Fogerty
2004 Dreamland Joni Mitchell
2004 Essential Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis
2004 Eva! Leyenda Peruana Eva Ayllon
2004 Guitar & Bass Alphonso Johnson
2004 Hang (DVD) Don Grusin
2004 Hang Don Grusin
2004 Kalimba Collage Peck Allmond
2004 L.A. Keyboard Project David Garfield
2004 Last Bullfighter Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars
2004 Mis Otros Yo Fato
2004 My Music, My Friends, My Time Oskar Cartaya
2004 Only You Harry Connick, Jr.
2004 Recordando Otra Vez Marcos Witt
2004 Rediscovery On Grp: Chick Corea Family Various Artists
2004 Rediscovery on GRP GRP All-Star Big Band
2004 Senor Juan Brahms Richard Drexler
2004 Sideways Rolfe Kent
2004 Tap Dance on a Cloud Nielsen-Goodman Project
2004 Tocando Tierra: A Tribute to Latin American Music Various Artists
2004 Tranquil Moods Various Artists
2004 Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait Of Brian Wilson Various Artists
2004 Wrote This Song Lori Perry
2005 And So Is Love Rita Coolidge
2005 Choices [Remixed/Remastered/Revised] Brian Bromberg
2005 Crowded House/Temple of Low Men Crowded House
2005 Desde Siempre Chayanne
2005 Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology Rickie Lee Jones
2005 Ekhymosis Ekhymosis
2005 Feel the Rhythm Daria
2005 Friendship/The Captain's Journey Lee Ritenour
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Dianne Reeves
2005 Gospel for J.F.P. III Jaco Pastorius
2005 H2O Phil Hawkins
2005 In My Prime Rhiannon
2005 Jennifer Paige Jennifer Paige
2005 Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty/Creedence Collection John Fogerty
2005 Lost World Eddie Reyes
2005 Marcas de Ayer Adriana Mezzadri
2005 Mr. and Mrs. Smith John Powell
2005 Never Gone Backstreet Boys
2005 Overtime (DVD) Lee Ritenour & Friends
2005 Overtime Lee Ritenour
2005 Pacific Coast Highway Nils
2005 Place in My Heart Jim Wilson
2005 Playin' with Carlos Various Artists
2005 Por Favor, PerdÛn y Gracias LeÛn Gieco
2005 Rio/On the Line Lee Ritenour
2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl Joni Mitchell
2005 Steamboy Steve Jablonsky
2005 Together Alone/Woodface Crowded House
2005 Very Best of George Howard George Howard
2005 Very Best of Larry Carlton Larry Carlton
2005 Viva Jazzanova Various Artists
2005 Well Jennifer Warnes
2005 World of Brazil Lee Ritenour
2006 All One Oscar Castro-Neves
2006 Blood Diamond James Newton Howard
2006 Breath of the Soul Ellen Honert
2006 Brown Street Joe Zawinul
2006 Essential Roy Orbison Roy Orbison
2006 Favorites: Sun Sea and Sand Antonio Carlos Jobim
2006 Forecast: Tomorrow Weather Report
2006 Full Circle David Benoit
2006 Happy Feet Original Soundtrack
2006 I Found It in You Lori Perry
2006 Kinesthetics Scott Kinsey
2006 Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1976 Weather Report
2006 Smoke 'N' Mirrors Lee Ritenour
2006 Spin This Karen Blixt
2006 Twenty Twenty: The Esssential T Bone Burnett T Bone Burnett
2006 Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos Los Lobos
2007 Anti Social Club Alan Pasqua
2007 Best of Bossa Nova Ithamara Koorax/Astrud Gilberto
2007 Charlie Wilson's War James Newton Howard
2007 Commitments Original Soundtrack
2007 Conscious Revolution Has Begun Cipes & the People
2007 Drum Duets, Vol. 1 John Wackerman
2007 Full Circle CTA
2007 Great Big Boy/Peculiaroso Leo Kottke
2007 Greatest Songs of the Seventies Barry Manilow
2007 Intimate Patti Austin Patti Austin
2007 Lalo Schifrin and Friends Lalo Schifrin
2007 Montana Shooting Star Gary Herbig
2007 Proof Through the Night & the Complete Trap Door T Bone Burnett
2007 Sweet Drive Les Sabler
2007 Tambolero Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars
2007 Transformers Original Score
2007 Ultimate Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
2007 Viva Jazzanova 2: The Best of Latin & Bossa Jazz Various Artists
2007 XM: Watercolors - Red Various Artists
2008 Assemblage 1998-2008 Various Artists
2008 Rhythm and Romance Kenny G
2008 Romance in Rio Stephen Bishop
-- Azure Kiyotsugu Amano
-- Latin Jazz Various Artists
-- Summer Me, Winter Me Jan Eisen
-- Tribute Concert Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends


  • “I believe that it takes discipline, hunger, and the love for the art.” -Acuña

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Gibraltar
Heads: Evans
Electronics: Shure
Percussion: Toca
Sticks: Vic Firth

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