The Fresno State Jazz Orchestra, directed by Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr., and the Fresno State Jazz Ensemble, directed by Les Nunes, will open for trumpeter and composer Ralph Alessi at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for employees and seniors and $5 for students. Reservations are suggested and parking is $5 in Lot P1.
Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions, which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. As an educator, Alessi is an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Nevada-Reno and the director of the School for Improvisational Music.