Jazz Flute Masterclass with Ali Ryerson | Lessonface

Jazz Flute Masterclass with Ali Ryerson

Ali Ryerson's Jazz Flute Masterclass is a step-by-step course designed for both the aspiring and the experienced jazz flutist. Join Ali as she explores a broad range of topics related to the process of improvisation and creating a true jazz sound on the flute. She'll explain and demonstrate jazz articulation & accents; how to modify vibrato; swing feel (the real deal!); idiomatic rhythmic figures; the relationship between chords and scales and how to apply; 12-bar blues; developing a motif...and more! This course is ideal for both the classical flutist taking their initial plunge into jazz improv, and the budding jazz flutist seeking to develop their improvisational skills. Jazz Flute Masterclass will help you to achieve your goal: becoming a more experienced jazz flute player!


Your DVD isn't worth $35.....it's absolutely PRICELESS!!!  It took me until yesterday to finish watching it because my daughters' been visiting. I still managed to sneak in time to watch a couple parts each day. Wow! From an ex-teacher point of view, it's perfect. You include just the right mix of theory with examples in each section. It's a great addition to your book. So smart of you to leave off the accompaniment to really get your point across about the importance of practicing solo. I love the improv examples in all the sections. Another great part is how you go step-by-step putting in all the little helpful tips. For me personally, it fills in the gaps of my piece meal jazz flute education. 
Bravo!! & Thank You!! 
I'm having so much fun practicing.
-Audrey McPherson
Part 1-Articulations-absolutely OUTSTANDING.
On to the blues - This is priceless!!!
I'm so glad that you talk about major Pentatonic- I didn't think about it for years. Just minor Pentatonic.
I also like that you have it presented in notation- I do better that way, (probably many classically trained flutists like me do)
I know the Pentatonic and blues stuff- but it is SO well taught. You are such a natural teacher.
-Donna Sevcovic
That's the next best thing to you actually being here and teaching me ... so naturally I had to get it :D
That was a pretty sweet DVD .... it's cool man :)
-Hunter, age 16
I am watching your Jazz Flute Masterclass DVD everyday!! It is SO GREAT!!! I would like to recommend to Japanese people!!! (someday I want to translate it!!)
-Yuko Hoshi


With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Born in 1952 in New York City, Ali grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and later became one of the first-call studio players in NYC for five decades, recording with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Elvis Presley.

Ali Ryerson has carried on the family tradition, becoming an international touring/recording artist, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note to festival appearances worldwide. Ryerson has released nearly two dozen albums as leader or co-leader on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron. She has recorded and performed with jazz greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Hubert Laws, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, and Joe Beck, as well as classical artists Julius Baker, Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra), and harpsichord master Anthony Newman. Ali was musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-’10), Low Flutes Chair of NFA (current) and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band.

As an educator/author, Ryerson published her widely acclaimed Jazz Flute Practice Method book in ’09, and has written numerous instructional articles for The Flutist Quarterly, Downbeat Magazine, and Flute Talk, among others. Ms. Ryerson recently joined the faculty at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT as flute professor, and continues to conduct master classes worldwide, including her week-long annual master class held at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California. Ms. Ryerson has been on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, the IJAM JAZZ summer camp in Italy, is a visiting faculty member at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA and a visiting artist-in-residence at universities throughout the US and abroad. She currently teaches an online master class series through LessonFace in NYC. As a composer, Ali has received numerous commissions for flute ensembles. Ms. Ryerson studied flute with Harold Bennett (NY Metropolitan Orch.) and John Wion (NYC Opera Orch.), and performed at numerous Julius Baker master classes (NY Philharmonic). Ryerson is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford.

A Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design, Ali’s pet project for the past 12 years has been developing her Jazz Flute Big Band, a unique jazz ensemble made up entirely of flutes, ranging from piccolo to contrabass, with a full rhythm section, performing arrangements by some of today’s top jazz arrangers, all commissioned by Ryerson for the JFBB. Their debut CD release, Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band (Capri Records ‘13), remained in the TOP 10 on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks.


The Jazz Flute Masterclass is available in two formats: DVD and streaming video. For pricing information, select the desired format from drop-down menu.

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