Welcome to the official site for John Trentacosta
and Straight Up Productions...
'Straight up Productions' features renowned Jazz Drummer John Trentacosta and a core group of Santa Fe based musicians appearing most often as a Trio or Quartet. Regulars are Brian Bennett - Piano, and Michael Olivola – Bass. 'Straight Up' plays private and public venues, and has a talented cast of guest stars to draw from such as Trumpeter Bobby Shew, Count Basie Tenor Saxophone Titan Doug Lawrence and local favorites like the great Arlen Asher. The group has put together some favorites on several CDs, which you can order and enjoy at home!
Ali Ryerson has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile flutists on the scene today. She has performed with such diverse talents as Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Frank Wess, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Haynes, Julius Baker, and (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Symphony) with Luciano Pavarotti.
Ali has toured the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Africa, and has performed in many major jazz festivals, including the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, the JVC in New York, Guinness Festival in Scotland, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and Carnegie Hall.
Ali has released over a dozen jazz albums, the first four on European labels. She was then signed by legendary record producer Bob Thiele who produced two albums on his Red Baron label. Ali then signed with Concord Jazz for an additional three recordings. Jazziz put her Concord debut album on its Critic's Picks for 1995.
Ms. Ryerson has released two recordings, in duo with guitarist Joe Beck, on the DMP label. The most recent recordings are with Flutology, 'First Date' featuring the Frank Wess and Holly Hofmann on the Capri label, and Ryerson & Rudoph's 'Soul Quest' on the PACT label, featuring Steve Rudolph on piano and Steve Varner on bass.
Ali had performed with Dr. Billy Taylor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, a performance which was taped for national roadcast on NPR. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Ali was musical director of a Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival from 2001 through 2004. She is currently the Jazz Chair for the National Flute Association. For several years she has been named in the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Poll.
Ali conducts jazz flute seminars at many schools and unversities throughout the country, including Ohio State University, the University of Alaska, Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and the Western Connecticut State University Summer Flute Institute. Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California presents Ms. Ryerson's annual week-long jazz flute master class the first week in July. Ms. Ryerson is a Brio Performing Artist and Clinician for Gemeinhardt.