“Anthony is a protégé of Mark Eisenman and he shares many of the older pianist’s virtues: a natural feeling for swing and groove, the blues vocabulary, and making a rhythm section happy with buoyant comping. He has a scintillating technique and a penchant for such feel-good pianists as Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Monty Alexander.”
– Steve Wallace for Whole Note Magazine
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 Steve Wallace, Chase Sanborn, Jackie Richardson, Steve McDade, Morgan Childs, Divine Brown, Billy Newton-Davis, Drew Jurecka and John Sumner.
Anthony holds an honours Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied under Canadian jazz luminaries Steve Wallace, David Braid, Dave Young, Mark Eisenman, David Restivo 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. Anthony recently received a grant from the University of Toronto, funding a trip to Casalmaggiore, Italy, where he studied composition under the great composer David Braid at the 2019 Casalmaggiore International Music Festival.