Ralph Alessi

Assistant Professor, Jazz Trumpet, Small Groups, University jazz Ensemble #1
Ralph Alessi

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Ralph 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 and 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 four-star review from Downbeat Magazine and was included in The New Republic's top 10 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 2016, he released Quiver, which coincides 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, 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.

"Alessi's tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase..." NY Times "Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops and his music is as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets...." Jazz Times


Once and AgainBaida

Ralph Alessi, trumpet

Jason Moran, piano
Drew Gress, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums

Release Date: 2013 | ASIN: B00BY1F9SM
Available as CD or MP3 download from Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

 BalanceOnly Many

Ralph Alessi & Fred Hersch

Release Date: 2013 | ASIN: B00BV85AFK
Available as CD or MP3 download from Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 

BoatsWiry Strong

Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Ravi Coltrane, saxophone
Andy Milne, piano
Drew Gress, bass
Mark Ferber, drums

Release Date: 2011 | ASIN: B004Z34P18
Available as CD or MP3 download from Amazon Digital Services, Inc. See Alessi's complete discography at www.ralphalessi.com.

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  • Baida. Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Jason Moran, piano; Drew Gress, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums. Release Date: 2013, ASIN: B00BY1F9SM
  • Only Many. Ralph Alessi & Fred Hersch. Released: 2013, ASIN: B00BV85AFK
  • Wiry Strong. Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Ravi Coltrane, saxophone; Andy Milne, piano; Drew Gress, bass; Mark Ferber, drums. Release Date: 2011, ASIN: B004Z34P18