Jazz Times magazine says Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops" and calls his music "as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets.” Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco, CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. (Brother Joe Jr. is principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, and Ralph himself freelanced as a classical player as he was coming up through the ranks.) 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, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Fred Hersch, Drew Gress, Dafnis Prieto and Jason Moran—most of whom have also played and recorded in Alessi’s own groups.


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Jazz Danmark Summer Series w/ Ralph Alessi, Joe Lovan, Judy Silvano

Date: 05 August 2012, Time: TBA

End Date: 12 August 2012

Location: Denmark, Copenhagen

Ralph Alessi / Dafnis Prieto Sextet

Date: 03 August 2012, Time: 1:30 pm

Location: United States, Newport Jazz Festival, RI

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Cognitive Dissonance