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Ali Ryerson has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile flutists on the scene today. She has performed with such diverse talents as Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Frank Wess, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Haynes, Julius Baker, and (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Symphony) with Luciano Pavarotti. Ali has toured the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Africa, and has performed in many major jazz festivals, including the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, the JVC in New York, Guinness Festival in Scotland, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and Carnegie Hall. Ali has released over a dozen jazz albums, the first four on European labels

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David Finck: Bassically Jazz

Read "Bassically Jazz" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

It's hardly news that David Finck is an eloquent, inventive, and swinging bassist, with a long line of illustrious projects and collaborators. Finck has been on hundreds of top recordings and stages, performing with everyone from Rosemary Clooney to Ivan Lins and George Michael, and was the favorite bassist of the great Andre Previn. While Finck ...

Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

Read "Steve Herberman,  Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...

Game Changer

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Daahoud; Ana Maria; Stolen Moments; Speak Like a Child; Con Alma; Girl Talk; Pavane; Impressions; Sail Away; Li’l Darlin’.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non sarà tra quelli che segnano una tappa nella storia del jazz ma i pregi di questo disco sono molti e forse detiene un primato. È uno dei rari album, forse l'unico con un'organico così ampio, a presentare un'orchestra di soli flautisti, eccetto i tre componenti della sezione ritmica. Una decina d'anni fa Ali ...

Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie

Read "Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Long gone are the days when the flute was only seen as a jazz novelty or a saxophonist's double. Once upon a time you could count the number of notable jazz flautists on a hand (or two), but the ranks have swelled a little bit over the years, and those leading the charge today aren't content ...

Game Changer

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Daahoud; Ana Maria; Stolen Moments; Speak Like a Child; Con Alma; Girl Talk; Pavane; Impressions; Sail Away; Li’l Darlin’.

NEWS: RECORDING

Ali Ryerson: Jazz Flute Big Band

Ali Ryerson: Jazz Flute Big Band

There have been all-saxophone bands (Bob Prince), all-trombone bands (Urbie Greene) and all-trumpet bands (Pete Rugolo). Into this tradition of flooding the zone for fans who passionately love the sound of a specific instrument is flutist Ali Ryerson. By thinking big, she has assembled the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), and the ensemble's new CD Game ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, the idea seems rather implausible: a big band comprised of sixteen flutes and rhythm. Flutist Ali Ryerson is the catalyst and guiding hand behind the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), which was formed in 2005 and has been performing at various events across the country ever since. Before dismissing it out of hand, give the ...

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Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Announces Final Lineup For Oct. 4-13 Event

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Announces Final Lineup For Oct. 4-13 Event

Williams College Jazz Ensemble Added to Headline Event A Signature Musical Happening of the Fall Foliage Season Pittsfield, Mass: Berkshires Jazz, Inc. has announced the final lineup for the 8th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which runs from Oct. 4-13 in various venues in downtown Pittsfield. A signature cultural event of the Fall Foliage season in the ...


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