With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist, composer and author, Ali Ryerson consistently ranks high among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll and has been nominated as Jazz Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, having toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North Africa. Her concert performances range from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, London’s Ronnie Scott’s, to the Blue Note in New York and Japan. Festival appearances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Miami Beach Jazz Festival, and Ireland’s Guinness Jazz Festival, to name but a few. Ryerson has released nearly two dozen albums on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron. She has recorded and performed with jazz greats Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Joe Beck, Mike Mainieri, Roy Haynes, Danny Gottlieb, Red Rodney, Stephane Grappelli, and Art Farmer, as well as classical artists Julius Baker, Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra), and harpsichord master Anthony Newman. Musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-’10), Low Flutes Chair of NFA (current) and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is the author of a highly acclaimed book, the Jazz Flute Practice Method, and has written numerous articles for The Flutist Quarterly, Downbeat, and Flute Talk, among others. Ms. Ryerson conducts master classes worldwide, including her week-long annual master class held at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in CA; 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. As Artist-in-Residence at universities around the US and abroad, Ali has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Ohio State University, NYU, Duquesne, and USC, among others. Ms. Ryerson studied flute with Harold Bennett (NY Metropolitan Orchestra) and John Wion (NYC Opera Orchestra) and is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music of theUniversity of Hartford. A Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design, Ali’s recent CD release, Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band (Capri Records), remained in the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks.
Degrees and Certifications
- Cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music