Date & Time
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 5:30pm
Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on E. 25th Street)
New York, New York
Ali Ryerson, flute
Barbara Lee, piano
Jazz trio: John DiMartino, piano • David Finck, bass
Bass flute: Sue Ann Kahn and Wendy Stern
|Jazz Trio: Opening selections TBA from the stage, including|
|Windows||Chick Corea (b. 1941)|
|Começar De Novo ("The Island")||Ivan Lins (b. 1945)|
|Sugar||Stanley Turrentine (1934–2000)|
|Siciliano from Sonata in Eb major, BWV 1031||J.S. Bach (1685–1750)|
|Ali Ryerson and Barbara Lee||(arr. Ali Ryerson)|
|Syrinx||Claude Debussy (1862–1918)|
|Ali Ryerson and Barbara Lee||(duet arr. A. Ryerson)|
|Harvest Moon||Ali Ryerson (b. 1952)|
|Ali Ryerson, alto flute; Sue Ann Kahn and Wendy Stern, bass flutes|
|Fé (Faith)||Lea Freire (b. 1957)|
|Ali Ryerson and Barbara Lee|
|Jazz Trio: Final selections TBA from the stage|
Program subject to change.
Admission: Free to NYFC members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students and seniors (65+) at the door.
Jazz flutist Ali Ryerson was born in 1952 in New York City. She studied flute with Harold Bennett and John Wion, performed at numerous Julius Baker masterclasses, and is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford.
She grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and recorded with artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Elvis Presley. Carrying on the family tradition, Ms. Ryerson has recorded and performed with jazz greats such as Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, Wynton Marsalis, Stephane Grappelli, and Joe Beck, as well as classical artists Julius Baker, Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra), and harpsichord master Anthony Newman, in NY performance venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note. She 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.
As an educator/author, she published her Jazz Flute Practice Method book in 2009 and has written numerous instructional articles for The Flutist Quarterly, Downbeat Magazine, and Flute Talk, among others. Ms. Ryerson is professor of flute at Sacred Heart University in CT and has been on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, the IJAM JAZZ summer camp in Italy, is a visiting faculty member at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA and a visiting artist-in-residence at universities throughout the US and abroad. She gives masterclasses worldwide, including her week-long annual master class held at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California, and currently teaches an online master class series through LessonFace in NYC. As a composer, she has received numerous commissions for flute ensembles.
Ms. Ryerson was musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-4), has chaired two National Flute Association committees—jazz (2005-10) and low flutes (current), and is a Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design. Her pet project for the past 14 years has been developing the NFA’s Jazz Flute Big Band, a jazz ensemble consisting of flutes ranging from piccolo to contrabass, with a full rhythm section. Their debut 2013 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.