Ralph Lalama – Saxophone


A solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide, Ralph Lalama embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal – great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas. Everything he says and plays comes out of his deep connection and appreciation for “the Beat.”

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2014 Music Arts Management Artist Roster Update

MAM is excited to announce an updated artist roster. There have been some significant developments that we wanted to share with you. As usual, we’ve divided the artists in two categories: Classical and Jazz. Perhaps we’ll stop doing that in the future, since it is such an imperfect way to pigeon-hole the work of these great musicians.

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Carnegie_picThe Kaleidos Duo released a CD for the second year in a row: Italy’s “Generation of 1880″ and Their Disciples. After their switch to Romeo Records, they are busier than ever with a positive review in The Strad (August 2014). Both Hristov and Valjarevic are university professors with decades of teaching experience and accomplished students worldwide.

HelixCollective2We heard about flutist Sarah Robinson and her Helix Collective, through her fascinating doctoral thesis Chamber Music in Alternative Venues in the 21st Century U.S.. She is a co-founder of the LA chapter of the famous movement Classical Revolution. Helix Collective is now available for one-of-a-kind concerts, masterclasses, and lectures.


MarvinFlugelClaudio Roditi. Photo by Oliver KendlMarvin Stamm and Claudio Roditi are two esteemed jazz trumpeters, though their musical worlds are distinct and representative of unique moments in the history of Jazz. They do not really need an introduction from us, so feel free to read more about them on the Artist page.

Ralph Lalama. Photo by John AbbottRalph Lalama is a solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide. With teaching and performing engagements all over the US, his musical expertise and connection with “the Beat” is highly valued by students and their professors.

yaron2Yaron Gershovsky is widely recognized as a gifted musician, whose impressive credits demonstrate versatility and excellence as a performer, arranger, composer, and producer. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Gershovsky is the long-standing musical director and pianist/keyboardist of the world-renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.

2011_TrioLife_BBH-300x201[1]Boling, Brown & Holloway: three brilliant musicians whose award-winning recordings have been deemed to “equal or surpass in many respects those of major labels.” Slowly distilling their very own brand of Tennessean jazz, the members of this “explorative Knoxville jazz group” are Mark Boling (guitar), Keith Brown (drums), and Rusty Holloway (bass).

Educational Jazz Programs

JazzEducationDownload the brochure for educational Jazz programs by artists Marvin Stamm, Yaron Gershovsky, Ralph Lalama, and Boling, Brown & Holloway.



Music Arts Management presents Ralph Lalama

Ralph_Lalama_JA_smlKnoxville (TN) – Starting January 2013, Music Arts Management, the Knoxville-based agency, will provide worldwide representation for the master jazz tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama. Described by jazz critic Zan Stewart as “a grand, modern-minded storyteller” and a “first-class jazz soloist” Lalama has also excelled as a a veteran of jazz ensembles such as the Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Carla Bley big bands and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra — now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra — with whom he is a featured soloist on Monday nights at New York’s Village Vanguard.

Invited to New York by the legendary Thad Jones, Ralph Lalama’s career includes three GRAMMY awards with the Joe Lovano Nonet (52nd Street Themes, 2001) and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (The Way – The Music of Slide Hampton, 2004 and Live at the Village Vanguard, 2008)).

He has two recent releases as a leader on the Mighty Quinn Productions label. “Ralph Lalama Quartet: Energy Fields” (2008) was met with a chorus of rave reviews. Jazz icon Dan Morgenstern dubbed it “…one of my best of the year picks, on “Jazz from the Archives,” WBGO. As a member of the New York Jazz Initiative (NYJI) he is featured on a tribute to the music of Thad Jones, “Mad About Thad”. He has combined talents on a number of projects with his equally acclaimed musical brother, pianist/composer/ arranger/educator Dave Lalama, on a 2010 release entitled “Family Portrait.” 2011 saw the Lalama Brothers release “Erie Avenue” with bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and special guest Joe Lovano. In 2012, Lalama releases his “Bop Juice: Ralph Lalama Trio, Live at Smalls.” He is the producer of and performs on a CD of vocalist Nicole Pasternak, “In A Word,” (2005, Garagista Music).

Lalama has five projects as a leader for the Dutch label, Criss-Cross Jazz. “Music for Grown-Ups,” (1999) featured notables Richard Wyands at the piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. “Lalama is out front booting things along with that cavernous sound of his and a swing and swagger that is infectious.” (allaboutjazz). “Circle Line” (1997) garnered 4½ stars from DownBeat and secured him a spot in the magazine’s “Top CDs of the Decade” (Dec. 99). “You Know What I Mean” (1995) received wide acclaim and “Momentum” (1992) with Kenny Barron placed him at No. 2 on NY’s WBGO playlist, just behind tenor giant Joe Henderson.

Glowing Ralph Lalama Profile on NEPR