b. Peter Alexander Donald, 15 Might 1945, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California, USA. In his past due teens, Donald analyzed at Berklee University Of Music, Boston and received drum tuition from Alan Dawson. In the first 70s he came back to California, this time around taking up home in LA, where he became mentioned for his delicate accompaniment to performers who included Carmen McRae. He accomplished notable success, nevertheless, as an associate of the effective big music group co-led by Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin. When Akiyoshi made a decision to go back to NY, Donald continued to be in LA, working in movies and tv studios and using music artists including John Abercrombie and Warne Marsh. In 1985, following a loss of life of Nick Ceroli, he required his put in place Bob Florence’s Small Edition big music group. An all-round percussionist similarly in the home in jazz, pop and rock and roll, Donald is very much indeed an integral part of the new era of jazz performers, but partially through his early tutelage under Dawson retains solid links with previously strands of jazz.