With a career spanning over four decades, world renowned jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll and has been nominated as Jazz Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, having toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North Africa. Her concert performances range from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, London’s famed Ronnie Scott’s to the Blue Note in both New York and Japan. Festival appearances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Miami Beach Jazz Festival, and Ireland’s Guinness Jazz Festival, to name but a few.
A Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design, Ryerson’s 2013 CD release, Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band (Capri Records), features guest soloist Hubert Laws. This highly acclaimed recording hit the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks.
Ryerson has released nearly two dozen albums 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 Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Joe Beck, Mike Mainieri, Roy Haynes, Danny Gottlieb, Red Rodney, Stephane Grappelli, and Art Farmer, as well as classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra). Musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-’10), and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is the author of a highly acclaimed book, the "Jazz Flute Practice Method." In addition to her annual master class held at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California every summer, Ms. Ryerson conducts master classes at universities worldwide, has been on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, the IJAM JAZZ summer camp in Italy, and is a visiting faculty member at The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. Ryerson studied flute with Harold Bennett (NY Metropolitan Orch) and John Wion (NYC Opera Orch) and is a cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.