Anthony D’Alessandro is a pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in Toronto, Ontario. His love of Oscar Peterson’s sense of swing, combined with his passion for the blues, gospel, and traditional jazz, has shaped his distinctively joyful and captivating style of playing. Anthony has performed in many of Ontario’s finest venues and festivals including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, the Jazz Sudbury Festival, the Festival of the Sound, the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Heliconian Hall, Lula Lounge and the Old Mill Toronto.
Anthony’s music has also taken him throughout the United States, including performances at the International Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa and the Snowbirds Extravaganza Festival in Lakeland, Florida. Anthony has shared the stage with Canadian jazz greats including Chase Sanborn, Jackie Richardson, Billy Newton-Davis, Drew Jurecka and John Sumner.
Anthony is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance at the University of Toronto studying under Canadian jazz luminaries Dave Young, Mark Eisenman, David Restivo, David Braid, Steve Wallace and Mike Murley. Anthony is a four time recipient of the Noreen & Phil Nimmons Scholarship in Jazz Performance, the University of Toronto President’s Entrance Scholarship, the University of Toronto National Book Award and was a finalist for JAZZ.FM91’s 2016 Peter Appleyard Scholarship.