Ralph Alessi

Trumpet – Jazz Institute, Advanced Package


alph Alessi was born in San Francisco, CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. But after taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He’s been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. Jazz Times named This Against That’s debut outing one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and in 2010, Alessi released “Cognitive Dissonance” which received a 4 star review from Downbeat magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011. He currently records for the ECM record label and in 2013 released Baida which was called “unstoppably inventive” by the New York Times. In early 2016, he will release Quiver, which will coincide with a week- long engagement at The Village Vanguard.

As an educator, Alessi has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and is currently the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music (www.schoolforimprov.org), a non-profit entity currently holding improvisational music workshops in New York City and abroad. Currently, he is on the jazz faculty at New York University and New England Conservatory.

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