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Masterclass: Ralph Alessi "Baida Quartet"

February 06, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA [map]

Alessi’s tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase...

New York Times

Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano), Drew Gress (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums) present a masterclass.



Ralph Alessi, son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone, was born in San Francisco. After pursuing degrees in jazz trumpet and bass at CalArts—having studied under the legendary Charlie Haden—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 seven albums of original compositions, which draw on everything from post-bop to neo-classical. Jazz Times named his debut album, This Against That, one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and, in 2010, Alessi released Cognitive Dissonance, which received a four-4 star review from DownBeat Magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011. In 2013, Alessi will release two records: a quartet recording on ECM Rrecords featuring Jason Moran and a duo record on CAM Jazz with Fred Hersch.

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, a non-profit entity currently holding improvisational music workshops in Brooklyn. Since 2002, he has been on the jazz faculty at New York University.

www.ralphalessi.com