Alphonse Mouzon Alphonse Mouzon

Alphonse Mouzon, born on November 21, 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, is a well-known jazz-fusion drummer and percussionist, as well as the Chairman/CEO of his own record label, Tenacious Records. He is also an active composer, arranger, producer and actor.

Mouzon was the original drummer and co-founding member of the jazz-fusion group, Weather Report (1970-1972), however his main claim to fame was his tenure with guitarist Larry Coryell's Eleventh House fusion band (1973–1975). He's also worked with the likes of Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, Chubby Checker, Eric Clapton, Betty Davis, Patrick Moraz, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Seawind Horns and Freddie Hubbard..

On September 7, 2016, Alphonse was diagnosed with Stage 3-4 Neuroendocrine Carcinoma, an incredibly rare cancer. In addition, he also suffers from Anemia, borderline diabetes, and that his 2006 Prostate Cancer has returned. His oncologist and nephrologist haven't given him a favorable outcome, but with his strong faith in God, Alphonse believed anything is possible, and through God’s grace, will beat this rare cancer and soon be back beating the drums again.

Alphonse was raising money through a GoFundMe campaign to receive natural treatments at the renown C.H.I.P.S.A. Gerson Therapy Hospital in Mexico which specializes in natural cancer treatments and boasts a 95% cancer treatment successful rate.

Alphonse Mouzon lost his battle with cancer and died on December 26, 2016; he was 68.