Willamette music department presents jazz concert

Acclaimed jazz artists Ralph Alessi and This Against That will perform Sunday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Rehearsal Hall at Willamette University. Admission is $10, or $5 for seniors and students.

Alessi, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone, studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts before heading to New York, where he became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Colman, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine and Fred Hersch. Jazz Times magazine says Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops" and calls his music "as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets."

Alessi is the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music, a nonprofit that offers weekly improvisational music workshops in Brooklyn and weekend workshops around the world.

This Against That's debut outing was named one of the ten best recordings of 2002 by Jazz Times. All About Jazz dubbed the group's 2007 follow-up, "Look," "an outstanding work of intellect and fire."

For more information, contact the Willamette music department at 503-370-6255.