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.” Jazz critic Zan Stewart put it succinctly: “Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller…a first-class jazz soloist.” Dave Lalama is currently Professor of Music at Hofstra University and is a founding faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Program. He has performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis and numerous other Jazz artists and continues to actively compose, arrange and perform. He is a sought-after accompanist having been musical director for noted Jazz singers; Eddie Jefferson, Dakota Staton and Anita O’Day. He was a co-director of Hofstra University’s Louis Armstrong Symposium and has also been featured in academic conferences on Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby as a performer.