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  • Ali Ryerson (2008)

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    For the daughter of one-time Paul Whiteman guitarist and arranger Art Ryerson, a career in music was perhaps inevitable, even if her ultimate choice of flute followed an earlier practical period on piano and a theoretical plan to play trumpet.

    Since hitting the road as a full-time professional for five years at age 20, Ali has played with musicians as diverse as Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Haynes, Julius Baker, and (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Symphony) with Luciano Pavarotti. She's recently teamed up with fellow flutists Frank Wess and Holly Hofmann as "Flutology". For several years she has been named in the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Poll.

    Ali has performed all over North America (including Carnegie Hall and the Monterey Jazz Festival) and Europe, and in Japan and Africa. She also teaches, internationally and at home at locations such as Ohio State University and the University of Alaska. Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California presents her annual week-long jazz flute master class the first week in July.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Miles Davis Sketches of Spain Concierto de Aranjuez (Columbia)
    # 2 J.S. Bach Glenn Gould The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Sony)
    # 3 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Águas de Março (Verve)
    # 4 Pat Metheny, Dave Holland and Roy Haynes Question and Answer All the Things You Are (Geffen)
    # 5 Françis Poulenc Julius Baker in Recital Sonata for Flute and Piano, FP 164 VAI Audio
    # 6 Hubert Laws The Rite of Spring The Rite of Spring (CTI)
    # 7 Edward Elgar Jacqueline du Pré Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 (EMI)
    # 8 Gene Bertoncini Quiet Now Olha Maria (Ambient)
    Book A piano book, or a book of Chekov plays
    Luxury Item A grand piano
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Bill Evans and Jim Hall Intermodulation   (Blue Note)
    Castaways by date
    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun