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Here’s what they’re saying about Ryerson’s CD, ‘Con Brio!’:
“Contemporary…reminiscent of CTI record Productions…an independent spirit”
“Ali (is) at the height of her powers, exhibiting all the qualities of lyricism, intelligence and grace that have been the hallmark of her work for decades” JazzReview.com
“Ali Ryerson has long been one of jazz’s top flute players. Ryerson is heard at the peak of her powers. This gem is well worth searching for.”
LA Jazz Scene
Jazz flutist Ali Ryerson, consistently voted among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll, was recently honored as Jazz Flutist of the Year nominee (Jazz Journalists Association). Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, having toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North Africa, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center; the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Guinness Jazz Festival in Ireland; Ronnie Scott’s in London to the Blue Note in both NYC and Japan. With a career spanning four decades, Ryerson has released nearly 20 jazz albums on major jazz labels such as Concord Records and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s label Red Baron. She has worked with jazz icons such as Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Joe Beck, Roy Haynes, Stephane Grappelli, Art Farmer, Red Rodney, etc., as well as classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra). Musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-’10), and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is the author of the highly acclaimed book, the Jazz Flute Practice Method. Ms. Ryerson conducts master classes worldwide (California, New Mexico, Canada, Italy, Holland, New Zealand, Eastman School of Music, etc.), has been on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, the IJAM JAZZ summer camp in Italy, and is a visiting faculty member at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, California. Ryerson studied flute with Harold Bennett and John Wion and is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music. A Brio! Artist for Gemeinhardt, Ali Ryerson’s Autograph Series of flutes for Brio! is being introduced this year (2012), along with her latest CD ‘Con Brio!’, which features some of today’s most contemporary jazz artists Mike Mainieri, Pete Levin, Mike DeMicco, Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb. www.aliryerson.com
In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists – including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, and John Scofield – receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre. After majoring in French Horn at the Juilliard School, Pete joined the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 70s. One night, he brought a Moog Synthesizer to a gig at New York’s Village Vanguard. Already known as a “go to” synthesizer specialist, Pete was at the vanguard of that technology. Gil loved it and Pete’s role was permanently changed as the band transformed itself into the electric/acoustic hybrid ensemble that captivated audiences worldwide for years, winning two Grammy® awards along the way. An in-demand New York session keyboardist for over 30 years, Pete has also created electronic realizations for hundreds of TV commercials, dramatic series and feature films. He has released 9 solo albums, the last 3 in organ-trio format. The most recent – “JUMP!” in 2011 – features guitarist Dave Stryker and drummer Lenny White.
Guitarist and composer Mike DeMicco grew up in the arts colony of Woodstock, New York, immersed in blues, jazz and rock music.
Mike’s musical diversity has led him to work with celebrated artists in many genres, including Jack DeJohnette, Mose Allison, Dave Brubeck, Warren Bernhardt, Nick Brignola, Taylor Eigsti, Pete Levin, Michael Franks, The Imani Winds, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Livingston Taylor, and W.C. Handy Blues Award-winner Rory Block.
All About Jazz writes of Mike: “His diverse resume has contributed to his playing prowess….DeMicco possesses a fluid, melodic style and excellent technique and taste.” He has performed at the Kennedy Center; on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion; on PBS’ nationally syndicated programs, Jazz in America and Sierra Center Stage; and in most major U.S. and European jazz venues and festivals.
Author of a highly acclaimed three-DVD instructional set, You Can Play Jazz Guitar, Mike is also featured accompanist on The Acoustic Bass by Gary Peacock and You Can Play Jazz Piano by Warren Bernhardt. All are available from Homespun Tapes.
Mike is featured guitarist and composer on flutist Ali Ryerson’s 2011 CD, Con Brio! He has performed and recorded with Chris and Dan Brubeck since the late 1980s, currently with Brubeck Brothers Quartet and previously with DMP recording artists, The Dolphins. Mike co-produced the two most recent Brubeck Brothers Quartet releases. Intuition (2006) featured his compositions “Open Door” and “West of One,” while Classified (2008) also featured two of his tunes, “Eclipse” and “Good Question.” Each of these recordings remained in the Top 20 of the JazzWeek radio charts for over two months.
Bassist and composer Mark Egan’s unique fretless bass sound and style is both distinctive and versatile making him one of the most in-demand electric bassists on the music scene today.
With three platinum and three gold albums to his credit, Mark has recorded with the likes of the original Pat Metheny Group, Elements, Sting, Gil Evans, Carly Simon, John Mclaughlin, Cyndi Lauper, John Abercrombie, Michael Franks, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Judy Collins, Marc Cohn, Duran Duran and Joan Osborne.
He has performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Pat Martino, David Sanborn, Larry Coryell, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Marianne Faithful, Ali Ryerson, Joe Beck and Lew Soloff. He also has co-led the group Elements with drummer Danny Gottlieb since 1982. With ten recordings to date, the group continues to tour worldwide featuring artists such as Bill Evans, Clifford Carter, David Mann and Gil Goldstein.
Born in Brockton Massachusetts, after high school he studied music at the University of Miami under the direction of the great jazz educator, Jerry Coker and moved to New York City in 1976 with singer Phyliss Hyman’s group with Hiram Bullock, Clifford Carter and Billy Bowker.
Mark quickly became established on the New York music scene recording and playing with David Sanborn, The Pointer Sisters, Vickie Sue Robinson, Sonny Fortune, Steve Grossman, Mark Murphy, Eumir Deodato and Stan Getz. It was during this time that former U. of M. classmate Pat Metheny asked Mark to form the original group along with Lyle Mays and Danny Gottlieb. They spent the next four years touring worldwide 300 days per year and recording two records, The Pat Metheny Group and American Garage.
Since that time Mark has released six recordings as a leader the most recent of which is titled Truth Be Told featuring Bill Evans, Vinnie Colaiuta and Mitch Forman.
In 1993 Mark launched an independent record label, Wavetone Records, which has twelve releases and is distributed worldwide. He continues to compose and record at his Electric Fields recording studio where he produces his group Elements, solo projects and various artists.
Karl Latham is a NY-based and internationally recognized drummer. He is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles, playing straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde, funk, rock, Latin, and more.
John Lee, bassist and director of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, says, “Karl’s greatest strength is in his versatility. In this respect, he is something of a phenomenon, having mastered every style of music he has attempted to play.”
As a freelance performer, Karl has performed with a wide spectrum of notable artists such as Mark Egan; The Fantasy Band (Dave Valentine; Dave Samuels; Chuck Loeb); The Shirelles; Claudio Roditi; Clark Terry; Don Braden; the John Lee Quartet; Andy Snitzer; The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; Slide Hampton; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; and Michal Urbaniak.
Karl is a veteran of the European Jazz scene since 1993 performing in many of Wolfgang Lackerschmid’s groups along with John Lee, Cameron Brown, Belden Bullock, Georg Wadenius, Ed Cherry, Michal Urbaniak, Attila Zoller, Randy Brecker and numerous other musicians.
Renowned bassist Kermit Driscoll and Karl joined with Freiburg, Germany based composer/pianist, Johannes Mossinger in 2001. Karl currently tours regularly with Johannes Mossinger and has appeared on dozens of tours, as well as, 7 recordings with the group along with guest artists Joel Frahm, Joe Lovano, Bob Malach, Boris Kozlov, Seamus Blake and Don Braden. The most recent release is the 2010 Waterpipe Records release “Rules/No Rules” with Calvin Jones and Kermit Driscoll.
Karl performs in the NY area with Unit One with Mark Egan and John Hart; and with Big Fun(K!), along with Don Braden, Nick Rolfe and Gary Foote. Karl has released two solo CD’s to date, “Dancing Spirits” (1999) and “Resonance” 2007 (#4 Top Added CMJ Jazz). Karl received a B.S.S. from Ohio University and studied music performance at Rutgers University, Ohio University and Berklee College of Music. Karl is an Adjunct Professor at Passaic County Community College and County College of Morris. Karl teaches privately as well both in NJ and abroad.