Fred Catfish alias Fred Alias aka Alfredo Alis, drummer/singer/songwriter, is a product of one of Americas more prolific musical families. Freds uncle on his mothers side is the great bebop saxophonist Sonny Stitt, and his uncle on his fathers side is the leading studio percussionist Don Alias.
Fred Alias is a pure pedigree, he has absorbed these influences and combines them with his passion for pop rhythms and R&B. Over the past years, Fred has played for Busta Rhymes (Rapper/Actor), Mos Def (Rapper/Actor), Average White Band, Cassandra Wilson, Dangelo, Jonathan Butler, David Sanborn, Marion Meadows, James Blood Ulmer, Bootsy Collins, Joe, L.L. Cool J, Intro, Veron Reid, T.M. Stevens, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bill Evans, Phillippe Saisse, Kenny Garrett, Terry Callier, Al Mcdowell, Grant Green, Jr., Get Set V.O.P., Real World Recording Artist Hassan Hakmoun, Mexican Pop Star Emanuel, D.J. Joe Clusal, and many others.
His discography includes the following releases: 1999 Too Bad Back to Our Roots (Juna/Benga) 1999 Marion Meadows The Other Side of Midnight 1999 Les Go Dan Gna (Juna) 1998 Jean-Paul Bourelly Vibe Music (PAO) 1997 Jean-Paul Bourelly Rock the Cathartic Spirits (DIW) 1997 Terry Callier Time Peace (Polygram) 1995 Graham Haynes Transition (Verve) 1995 Jean-Paul Bourelly/TM Stevens Jimi Hendrix Tribute (DIW) 1994 Da Bush Babees Ambush (Reprise) 1994 Defunct Muddy Waters/Jimi Hendrix Tribute (Enemy) 1994 Jean-Paul Bourelly Blackadelic Blue (DIW) 1993 Get Set Voices of the Projects (Polydor/Polygram) 1993 Jean-Paul Bourelly Saints & Sinners (DIW) 1992 Kelvyn Bell Refunkanation (Enemy) Video/Television Appearances 1995 Soul Train with DAngelo 1994 Got To Give It Up performed by David Sanborn (Elektra) 1994 New York Undercover, performed with Teddy Pendergrass, FOX 1993 Pretty Brown Babies Get Set VOP (Polydor) 1993 Undercover FBI Kelvnator (Enemy) 1993 Live in Japan Masabumi Kikuchi (Sony Japan) 1992 Black Rock Coalition Christmas, WDR, Germany 1990 Jonathan Butler Live at Indigo Blues Jonathan Butler (Zomba) 1991 Until by Cassandra Wilson on Late Show with David Letterman (Blue Note Capitol), CBS 1968 Lena Horne & Harry Belafonte Caribbean Christmas, NBC Other Arranger/Writer for Times Square 2000 theme, Les Go tracks produced by Bruce Swedien Composer/Arranger for WNBA (Womens National Basketball Assoc.) on ESPN Composer of Drum Toolbox for ESPN, ESPY 900-spot, OCC CART (Motor Racing) On ESPN & ABC networks Member of Café Wah Slam Clinic Band, NYC House drummer for Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, NYC On Tour with: Average White Band, Philippe Saisse, Marion Meadows, Cassandra Wilson, DAngelo, L.L. Cool J, Joe (Joe Thomas), MeShell NDegeocello, David Sanborn, Kenny Davis (Intro), T.M. Stevens, Vernon Reid, Jean-Paul Bourelly and the Blue Wave Bandits, Defunct, Da Bush Babees, Kelvynator, Masabumi Kikuchi, Souleyman Faye, Hasan Hakmoun, Emanuel.
Alfredo Elias is endorsed by Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and plays exclusively Smith Custom drums.