Born: March 5, 1963
Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco, CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he set out for New York, where he swiftly became an 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 Marc Copland.
Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. He currently records for the ECM record label including his 2016 release Quiver. In 2018, he will release a new This Against That record on the label. As an educator, Ralph is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Nevada-Reno as well as the director of the School for Improvisational Music.
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March 05, 2019
Jazz Musician of the Day: Ralph Alessi
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May 10, 2012
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October 15, 2011
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August 16, 2010
Ralph Alessi in a Quartet at the Jazz Standard
August 14, 2010
An Educational Conversation With Jazz Trumpeter and Teacher Ralph Alessi
May 12, 2008
Ralph Alessi at Firehouse 12 This Friday 5/16
June 27, 2007
Ralph Alessi Free Download at AAJ: "At the Seams" from Look
August 29, 2002
Ralph Alessi & Michael McGinnis - New Releases on RKM Music
An individualist with a style and sound all his own...
Alessi's tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase...
Alessi has drop-dead trumpet chops and his music is as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets...