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Ali Ryerson

Jazz Flutist Ali Ryerson is consistently voted among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll and 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, legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s label Red Baron, DMP and Capri. She has worked with jazz icons such as Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Joe Beck, Roy Haynes, Stephane Grappelli and Red Rodney 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 for Brio! Flutes is being introduced August 2011 along with her latest CD Con Brio!, which features Mike Mainieri, Pete Levin, Mike DeMicco, Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb.