Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Messina studied with ex-Sal Mosca student Fred Amend, (tenor sax). Studied improvisation for 14 years. He's part of the jazz trio of Larry Bluth (piano), Don Messina (bass), and Bill Chattin (drums). They have been playing and performing together since 1982. All three are involved with the music and teachings of Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca; they have participated in jazz festivals, recorded on records/compact discs and performed in Mid-Atlantic/New England area clubs, colleges, libraries, museums and art centers. Bill Chattin and Don Messina have accompanied Jimmy Halperin, Sal Mosca, Ted Brown, Judy Neimack, Lee Konitz, Dick Katz, Tardo Hammer, Stanley Turrentine, Phil Woods, Jon Easton, Bob Arthurs, and Vassar Clemmons.
Formations, Five Concerts and a Landscape, Live at Orfeo, Formations (1999);
Jimmy Halperin: Cycle Logical