Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Alessi’

Auditor Spots Available for 2017 Alessi Seminar

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Alessi Seminar

Edwards has had the pleasure to be involved with the Alessi Seminar since it’s inception. In that time, we’ve attended seminars in Nyack, Albuquerque, Tuscaloosa, and Eugene. This year’s seminar is once again being held in Eugenem Oregon, and while the Participants and Fellows classes are full, auditor spots are still available. Attending the Alessi Seminar is a tremendous opportunity, as you’ll be learning from Joseph Alessi, Peter Ellefson, Jonathan Whitaker, as well as fellow participants, fellows, and auditors.

I wanted to say a few words about the Alessi Seminar. The Participants and Fellows classes are full and the performance level in each group is very high. As an auditor, you would therefore have many opportunities to hear fine performances and get a lot of valuable information, as well as do a sizable amount of playing.

If you are unable to be there, I would like to ask your help in getting the word out to your students and other colleagues to attend.

Happily, there are now a lot of trombone seminars, institutes, workshops, symposiums, etc. Most of these other events have been generated from my former students. But I have confidence that our format and content promises you the most informative and all-encompassing event going on this summer.

Informative, as you will hear many varied ideas on how to improve your musicianship and technique.

All-encompassing, because we have a wide variety of clinicians, performance opportunities, ensembles to hear and to join and innovations to discuss.

I have heard from past auditors that they have enjoyed the experience a great deal, from the first day to the last. So, if you know of someone of any age who is hungry to learn this summer, please share. We have a high school class too! Thanks very much,

Joseph Alessi

As always, we’ll be there with our T396-A’s, B502’s, T350’s, B454’s, and much more. So plan to join us in Eugue from August 5-13!

Alessi, Schnyder Discuss New Concerto

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Joseph Alessi will premiere Daniel Schnyder’s Concerto for Tenor Trombone and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony during the International Trombone Festival this summer. The ITF organizers have put together the following video featuring the the two discussing the new work and Alessi performing a few highlights.

Mackey’s Concerto Available on iTunes

Monday, January 31st, 2011

John Mackey's Harvest performed by Joseph AlessiJohn Mackey’s Harvest – Concerto for Trombone, performed by Joseph Alessi and The West Point Band, Timothy Holtan, conductor, is now available on iTunes.

From the composer…

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring. The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature and the cycle of suffering and return.”

Read more about the piece on John’s web site.

Alessi Performance Available Online

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Last night, Joe Alessi and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin, performed John Mackey’s Harvest : Concerto for Trombone, a fantastic addition to the repertoire. For a short time, you can hear the performance on Mackey’s web site. You can also follow along with the solo trombone part or the complete score. Be sure to check this out before it’s pulled from the web site!

Update: A recording of the Concerto by Alessi and The West Point Band is now available on iTunes.

Alessi in Texas

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Nathaniel Brickens and the UT Austin trombone studio will be hosting Joseph Alessi as he presents a series of free masterclasses and a recital at the University of Texas this week. The details:

Monday, September 13:
Masterclass, 6-9 PM, Recital Studio

Tuesday, September 14:
Convocation, 1-2 PM, Bates Recital Hall
Masterclass, 4-6 PM, Recital Studio

Wednesday, September 15:
Masterclass, 6-8 PM, Recital Studio

Thursday, September 16:
Recital, 7:30 PM Jessen Auditorium

Visit the UT Trombone Studio site for more info.

Alessi will be returning to Austin on September 26 to perform with the UT Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conducting. That concert is at 7 PM in the Bass Concert Hall and will also feature the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Ticket information for this concert can be found here.

Alessi Seminar Moving South

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Maybe Joseph Alessi enjoys good football. Or maybe he thinks Jonathan Whitaker is a cool guy. Whatever the reason, he’s taking the Alessi Seminar to the University of Alabama in 2011. Here are the details:

2011 Alessi Seminar
July 29 – August 6
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

If you’re serious about a career in music, we highly recommend you attend the Alessi Seminar, either as a participant or auditor.

Joe Alessi in Dallas

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Joe Alessi will perform a recital on April 11 at King of Glory Lutheran Church this Sunday, April 11. Admission is a $15 donation, which will benefit the Bert Truax Summer Trumpet Camp held in June at King of Glory.

Concert details

Joe Alessi Performs Daybreak

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The musical world lost a tremendous artist last fall when Fred Mills passed away. This is a recording of Joe Alessi performing Daybreak by Nicola Ferro at Mills’ memorial service. Damon Denton accompanied Alessi.

News on the Alessi/Pryor Recording Project

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Thanks to Steve Dillon for providing us with the following details of the Alessi/Pryor recording project. Steve owns and operates Dillon Music. He can also be found educating the musical masses through his Twitter account at All pictures are courtesy of Steve.

Steve Dillon is working on a recording project (one of many) with Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. The project, called Slide Partners: 100 years of American Trombone Virtuosity, will honor trombone great Arthur Pryor. However, none of Pryor’s technical solos will be recorded. (A little known fact about Pryor: he was able to play simple songs in such a manner and with such beauty that he could, as put in the words of one ex Pryor Band member, “make the old ladies cry.”) Instead, they took some Pryor encores and recordings and brought them up to date with new arrangements.

Steve says that Joe Alessi was the perfect player to take on this project as his respect and understanding of this earlier trombone period is outstanding and “his playing is beyond words.” There is also a great possibility that Joe’s grandfather knew, and may have possibly performed with, Pryor.

Joe performs on Pryor’s trombone for most of the recording. (The horn resides in Steve’s collection.) They were able to record in some of the same venues in which Pryor played (i.e. the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove New Jersey). The recording will also include some of the cornet/trombone duets that Pryor recorded. The cornetist is Phil Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. The recording is set to be released sometime in 2010.

Joseph Alessi
Joseph Alessi

Phil Smith, Joseph Alessi and Steve Dillon
Phil Smith, Joseph Alessi and Steve Dillon

Phil Smith and Joseph Alessi
Phil Smith and Joseph Alessi

A Message from Joseph Alessi

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I wanted to invite you to my recital program in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of my seminar. (below) I am looking forward to working with all the students and hope that you can stop by for this free concert. We would like to encourage any of your students to attend the seminar as well. Peter Ellefson and Jon Whitaker will be assisting me with all of the teaching and coaching. There a few more auditor spots left. If you or someone would be interested in attending, please contact Jon Whitaker at alessiseminar (at) me (dot) com.

Best Regards,

Joseph Alessi
Principal Trombone
New York Philharmonic
The Juilliard School

Alessi Seminar 2009

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Evening Recital, Thursday August 6th 7:30pm
Keller Hall

Joseph Alessi, Trombone
Eric Huebner, Piano


  • J. Guy Ropartz
    Piece in Eb
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Largo (from Piccolo Concerto) arr. Elkjer
  • Marc Lys
    Sonateen ager
  • Darius Milhaud
    Concertino d’Hiver
  • Intermission
  • Kazimierz Serocki
  • Nicola Ferro
    Notes of Love
  • Paul Creston