The award-winning Anthony D’Alessandro Trio is a swinging piano trio featuring Nick Donovan on drums and Evan Gratham on bass. The Trio was assembled by pianist and bandleader Anthony D’Alessandro, as a means to pay homage to the rich tradition of the jazz piano trio, while simultaneously composing new and exciting music audiences of the modern generation can appreciate and enjoy.
The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio has performed in many of Ontario’s finest venues and concert series including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, the Jazz Sudbury Festival, the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, the Old Mill Toronto’s Year ‘Round Jazz Festival, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the Home Smith Bar, Heliconian Hall and Lula Lounge.
Recent accolades for the Trio include winning first prize at the 2018 Jazz Sudbury Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase, receiving the opportunity to open for legendary Canadian musicians Molly Johnson, Robi Botos, and Michael Kaeshammer on the Jazz Sudbury Festival’s main stage. In July 2018, the Toronto Summer Music Festival featured the Anthony D’Alessandro Trio in concert alongside the great jazz trumpeter Chase Sanborn.
This Trio is heavily influenced by the level of polish, precision and hard-swinging approach of the legendary Oscar Peterson Trio. In addition to Peterson, this Trio has a wide variety of influences ranging from Ray Charles, Monty Alexander, and Cedar Walton, to Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis, and Christian McBride.
Fried Pies by Wes Montgomery
My Trio’s take on a relatively unknown blues, inspired by the Christian McBride Trio. Recorded Feb. 10, 2018.
Something That by Anthony D’Alessandro
This is a funky original performed by the Anthony D’Alessandro Trio. Recorded Feb. 10, 2018.
Place St. Henri by Oscar Peterson
Here is my trio’s take on a classic Oscar Peterson composition named after the bustling little town in Quebec where Oscar was born. Recorded Feb. 10, 2018.
Tune for Monty by Anthony D’Alessandro
Enjoy this original calypso tune of my own, a song I was inspired to write by the playing and personality of jazz pianist Monty Alexander. Recorded Feb. 10, 2018.
Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson
This is our take on Peterson’s most famous composition, a gospel influenced hymn. Recorded Feb. 10, 2018.