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July 22nd - Ali Ryerson featuring Mark Egan & Karl Latham

Ali Ryerson with Karl Latham & Mark Egan in Sparta

    With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Born in 1952 in New York City, Ali grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and later became one of the first-call studio players in NYC, recording with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Elvis Presley.

    Ali Ryerson has carried on the family tradition, becoming an international touring/recording artist, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note to festival appearances worldwide. Ryerson has released nearly two-dozen albums as leader or co-leader on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron. She has recorded and/or performed with jazz greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Hubert Laws, Mike Mainieri, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, and Joe Beck, as well as classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti.

    As an educator/author, Ryerson published her widely acclaimed Jazz Flute Practice Method book in ’09, just released her Jazz Flute Masterclass DVD (Lessonface), and has written numerous instructional articles for The Flutist Quarterly, Downbeat Magazine, and Flute Talk. Ms. Ryerson recently joined the faculty at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT as Flute Professor, and continues to conduct master classes worldwide.

    A Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design, Ali’s pet project for the past 14 years has been developing her Jazz Flute Big Band, a unique jazz ensemble made up entirely of flutes, ranging from piccolo to contrabass, with a full rhythm section, performing arrangements by some of today’s top jazz arrangers.

   Her performance this Friday will feature award-winning bassist extraordinaire Mark Egan, a founding member of The Elements and powerhouse jazz drummer Karl Latham.

 The FREE concert at the Nicholson Pavilion, Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Rd, Sparta is a family friendly event. In case of rain, the show will be held inside the MAS auditorium. The show starts at 7PM on Friday July 22nd. Please be advised that the Sparta Township dog ordanance is in effect at all times at Dykstra Park.

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