Biography

“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 Kensington Market Jazz Festival, the Brampton World of Jazz Festival, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto, Hugh’s Room Live, Heliconian Hall and Lula Lounge.

Anthony’s music has also taken him throughout the United States and Europe including performances at the International Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa, the Snowbirds Extravaganza Festival in Lakeland, Florida and composition at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy.  Anthony has shared the stage with Canadian jazz greats including Steve Wallace, Pat LaBarbara, Chase Sanborn, Alex Dean, Jackie Richardson, Ernesto Cervini, Steve McDade, and Drew Jurecka.

Anthony holds a 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 Suba Institute Award for Performance Excellence, 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 is also a grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association.