"Alan Abel is devilishly clever, perhaps the greatest hoaxer of our times" NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
HOAXER, PERFORMANCE ARTIST, MEDIA SATIRIST, COMEDY WRITER, JAZZ DRUMMER, MUSIC COMPOSER
ABEL RAISES CAIN
a documentary by Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett
MUSIC by Alan Abel
Alan Abel the hoaxer was also an award-winning drummer and composer. He is often confused with another late Alan Abel, from Philadelphia, who did not compose any music, but was an innovator and highly respected among classical percussionists worldwide.
The music featured in the documentary, Abel Raises Cain, is music by Alan Abel (the hoaxer, drummer and composer).
Alan Abel (the hoaxer) began playing drums as a boy and won the title of "VFW snare champion" in 1946 and 1947. He founded the first Jazz Forum at Ohio State University. Throughout his career he performed with Glenn Miller, Sauter-Finegan, Sammy Kaye and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra.
Abel did solo performance and ensemble work. He released three LP recordings: Professor Paradiddle – Drums, Drollery and Drivel (1958), The Techniques of Percussion (1961) and The First Percussion Sextet (1962).