Desert Island Jazz
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
Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Noah Griffin
06 Nov
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Jacqui Naylor
13 Nov
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Richard Seidel
09 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Tessa Souter
23 Oct
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Donna Viscuso
20 Nov
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan