Ralph Alessi And This Against That
Drew Gress, Andy Milne, Mark Ferber, Noah Simpson, Chris Speed
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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 lit 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.
Energetic, attentive, and dynamic define Noah Simpson's trumpet playing. Joined by fellow west coast natives, Jack Radsliff, Matt Sazima, Milo Fultz, and Daniel Rossi, the band strives to create its own voice in the Black American music lexicon. The band will be playing Simpson’s recently recorded debut record.
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