January 30, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. —Ralph Alessi and This Against That will perform in concert on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The performance is free to the public as part of the University's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

Composer/trumpeter Ralph Alessi will be joined by Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Andy Milone, piano; Drew Gress, bass; and Mark Ferber, drums.

Adventurous virtuoso
An active member of the New York jazz and improvised music scene as both sideman and leader since 1991, Alessi has been called "... a highly in demand, adventurous virtuoso who can handle just about anything." (L.A. Weekly)

He has performed and recorded with the likes of Steve Coleman, Uri Caine, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Sam Rivers, Drew Gress, Fred Hersch and many of the great innovators in improvised music.

Four top recordings
He has four recordings to his name: 'Hissy Fit', 'Vice Virtue', 'This Against That' (voted one of the top 10 records of 2002 by Jazz Times) and the recently released 'Look' featuring his band, This Against That. In the coming year he will release two more recordings, one being a quartet project featuring Jason Moran.

On the jazz faculty at New York University since 2002, he is the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music, a non-profit entity holding improvisational music workshops in Brooklyn. Alessi also has been a member of the faculties at Five Towns College and the Eastman School of Music.

For more information or to hear music samples, visit Alessi's website.

Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

Contact: Division of Communications

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