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Ralph Lalama

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: January 30, 1951    

Ralph Lalama

Ralph Lalama grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, graduated from The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University (Ohio) and was recognized there for his remarkable talent by the legendary Thad Jones, who encouraged him to come to New York. Since that time, Lalama has reached a dignified status as a widely respected master of the tenor through his achievements in the big bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Carla Bley and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra - now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - with whom he is a featured soloist on Monday nights at New York's Village Vanguard. His experience is vast and varied and includes appearances with Barry Harris, Harold Danko, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, Tom Harrell and Joe Morello. He has recorded with Joe Morello, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (under the direction of Jon Faddis). He appears on two Joe Lovano nonet releases on Blue Note: the 2001 Grammy Award-winning, “52nd Street Themes,” and the 2003 release, “On This Day...At The Vanguard.”...
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    Erie Avenue

    Self Produced
    2014
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    The Audience

    Mighty Quinn Productions
    2010
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    Energy Fields

    Mighty Quinn Productions
    2008
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    Music For Grown-Ups

    Criss Cross
    1999
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    Live At Smalls

    Savoy Jazz
    1996

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Erie Avenue

Self Produced (2014)

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Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller who knows bebop, and other stuff, too. He has his own sound, husky with a bit of sparkle, going from fat, low-end belches to whispery high tones. His melodies are authoritative and warmly melodic, his time drummer-sure. In other words, a first-class jazz soloist.” --Zan Stewart, Down Beat
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