In 2005, while working his “day job” at XM Satellite Radio as Director of Information Technology, Alvin Fisher was invited by a host of his musical friends to strut his musical stuff and play his flute before hundreds of people on the popular Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise. All but stealing the show from A-list headliners Norman Brown, Michael Manson, Bobby Lyle, Candy Dulfer, Nick Colionne and Brian Culbertson, the Washington, DC born and raised musician rediscovered the early musical dreams he set aside when he launched a successful 30-year career as an IT manager.
After making the splash on the Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise, Fisher was asked back for several future runs of this event. He has performed at the Old Pasadena Jazz Festival, the House of Blues in Chicago and The Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, PA. The Capital Jazz Cruise. at a University of Maryland ball in honor of President Obama’s inauguration. Blair Mansion in Silver Spring, MD opening for Acoustic Alchemy at a memorial concert for his friend and drummer Gregory Grainger’s daughter Dianne Grainger who passed away. Fisher has played straight jazz with guitarist Cliff Richmond in Nashville, trumpeter Danny Harper in Atlanta and drummer Vince Lateano in San Francisco.
Focused full time on his musical career since leaving XM in 2010, Fisher has been touring with an exciting new band of top DC musicians --including his son, Alvin Fisher II (guitar), Jamal Norwood (bass), Derrick L. Plummer (drums) and Michael Brookins (keyboards)
Although his chosen instrument has not been a huge force on contemporary jazz radio in recent years, Fisher’s easy grooving cover of the Delfonics’ “La La (Means I Love You)” made a splash in 2008 on numerous independent stations and was played on XM’s The Groove channel while selling several thousand units. Fisher is friends with Delfonics lead singer William “Poogie” Hart, who loved the track and said it was one of the best versions of the song he had ever heard.
Fusing numerous styles, from smooth and straight-ahead jazz to pop, R&B and funk, Fisher’s set list features numerous originals as well as soul classics like “Lovely Day”, “People Make The World Go Round”, “Alfie”, “Summertime”, “Harlem River Drive” by jazz/funk flutist Bobbi Humphrey as well as the band’s own originals. Fisher was recently invited to NYC to play the “Harlem River Drive” at a tribute to Humphrey, who joined him onstage for a rousing dual rendition. For Fisher, working full time with a powerful band takes him back to his late teens when he played with various DC musicians who became local and national music legends and in a local group that charted on Billboard.