Ralph Alessi & This Against That - Constellation3111 N. Western Chicago,IL
09/18/2019 8:30 PM - 09/18/2019 10:30 PM
Ralph Alessi & This Against That
Ralph Alessi - trumpet, composer
Andy Milne - piano
Jon Irabagon - saxophone
Drew Gress - bass
Mark Ferber - drums
Ralph Alessi & This Against That is a group that organically toes the line between jazz, pop and contemporary classical music. Since 2004, the band has toured Europe and the United States playing venues such as The Earshot Festival in Seattle, RedCat Theatre in Los Angeles, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and The New Morning in Paris. Recently, they released their fourth record Imaginary Friends on ECM records which was called “A feast for the ears…” by the New York City Jazz Record.
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. Ralph is the director of the School for Improvisational Music.
“An individualist with a style and sound all his own…” —Downbeat Magazine
"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