|Birth name||Ralph Peter Alessi|
|Born||March 5, 1963|
San Francisco, California
|Occupation(s)||Jazz musician, composer|
Ralph Alessi (born March 5, 1963) is an American jazz trumpeter,composer and ECM recording artist.   Alessi is known as a virtuosic performer  whose critically-acclaimed projects include his Baida Quartet, with Jason Moran, Drew Gress, and Nasheet Waits,   and This Against That, his quintet with Andy Milne, Gress, Mark Ferber, and Ravi Coltrane.    Alessi has also recorded and performed with artists including Steve Coleman, Uri Caine, Fred Hersch, and Don Byron.  
Alessi is known for his work as an educator,  and in 2001 he founded the School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn, New York.  He has taught at the Eastman School of Music, NYU, NEC,  the University of Nevada, Reno,  Siena Jazz University,  and University of the Arts Bern.
Alessi was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His parents met as performers at the Metropolitan Opera: his mother, Maria Leone Alessi, sang in the chorus; his father, Joseph Alessi Sr., was principal trumpet for nearly 15 seasons.  His brother, Joseph Alessi, is a trombonist with the New York Philharmonic. 
Alessi also began as a classical musician, and performed with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera in his teens.  He later attended the California Institute of the Arts, studying with Charlie Haden while earning a BFA in jazz trumpet performance and MFA in jazz bass performance.  In 1986, he met fellow CalArts student Ravi Coltrane, who became one of his longest-standing collaborators.  JazzTimes describes their "musical bond" as "arguably developing into a rapport on par with the highest echelon of trumpet/tenor combinations";  Coltrane once gave an interview with NPR focused entirely on his favorite song, Alessi's "Who Wants Ice Cream". 
With David Ake
With Don Byron
With Michael Cain
With Uri Caine
With James Carney
With Steve Coleman
With Ravi Coltrane
With Scott Colley
With David Gilmore
With Drew Gress
With Fred Hersch
With Jason Moran
With Enrico Pieranunzi
With Lonnie Plaxico
With Sam Rivers
With Yelena Eckemoff
Paolo Fresu is an Italian jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player, as well as a composer and arranger of music.
Ravi Coltrane is an American jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record label RKM Music, he has produced pianist Luis Perdomo, guitarist David Gilmore, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi.
Marc Alan Johnson is an American jazz bass player, composer and band leader. Johnson was born in Nebraska and grew up in Texas. He is married to the Brazilian jazz pianist and singer Eliane Elias.
Michael Cain is a pianist and composer.
John Laird Abercrombie was an American jazz guitarist. His work explored jazz fusion, free jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He was known for his understated style and his work with organ trios.
Chris Speed is an American saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.
David Gilmore is an American jazz guitarist.
Matthew Justin Garrison is an American jazz bassist.
Tom Rainey is an American jazz drummer.
Andy Milne is a Canadian jazz pianist, who records and performs both as a solo artist and as the leader of the ensemble Dapp Theory. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Kincardine and Toronto. One of ten siblings, he studied music at York University, where he was a student of Oscar Peterson.
Scott Colley is an American jazz double bassist and composer. He has performed in bands led by Herbie Hancock, T. S. Monk, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny, Carmen McRae, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, Antonio Sanchez, Kenny Werner.
Drew Gress is an American jazz double-bassist and composer born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in the Philadelphia area.
Luis Perdomo is an American jazz pianist and composer.
Shane Endsley is an American trumpeter, drummer, and composer. He is a founding member of Kneebody, as well as an active leader and sideman with other New York City jazz musicians, as well as with pop and rock musicians such as Ani DiFranco and Pearl Jam.
"Moment's Notice" is a "classic" jazz standard composed by John Coltrane. The song was featured on Coltrane's noted 1958 recording Blue Train.
Spirit Fiction is a sixth solo album by jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, released on July 19, 2012. His solo on the track "Cross Roads" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the 2013 ceremony.
Blending Times is Ravi Coltrane's fifth album as a band leader, and second for Savoy Records.
Moving Pictures is the debut album led by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane which was recorded in 1997 and released on the RCA/BMG label.
Baida is an album by trumpeter Ralph Alessi recorded in 2012 and released on the ECM label.
This is the discography of American jazz musician Paul Motian.