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.
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, Billy Newton-Davis, Drew Jurecka and John Sumner. Anthony recently received 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 fourtime 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 will be studying composition under the great composer David Braid at the 2019 Casalmaggiore International Music Festival.
Evan Gratham is bassist, arranger, composer, and bandleader on the forefront of the burgeoning scene of young Toronto jazz musicians. Identified at a very young age as talent to be reckoned with, Evan has performed and recorded with professional orchestras (both Piano and Double Bass Concerti), with jazz , rock, and pop acts, musical theater. But it is playing, writing, and arranging improvised music where most of his energies lie today. In the jazz realm Evan has won numerous awards (including the National Arts Centre Award as most outstanding high school age jazz improviser in Canada, the Jazz Educators Network Award as the top jazz musician in Canada, the Fraser McPherson Award as BC’s most promising jazz talent twice - once in high school; once in university - and been selected twice to the National Youth Jazz Combo) and performed with numerous outstanding musicians (the more well known including Kirk MacDonald, David Occhipinti, John Clayton, Peter Bernstein, Adam Nussbaum, David Gilmore, Michael Blake, George Garzone, and Steve Kaldestad). He has performed in the Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa and All Canadian Jazz festivals as well as many clubs, restaurants, and concert venues in those same cities. Midway through his degree in Jazz Performance at the U of T, Evan has become a first-call bassist for many of the young Toronto area jazz musicians, and he enjoys immensely this work as a busy sideman supporting other leaders, as well as leading his own projects.