RJ Avallone

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Artist Associate in Jazz Trumpet

Bernhard Music Center

RJ Avallone has been a professional musician for more than 25 years and has performed with industry luminaries such as Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Steven Tyler, Bobby Short, Rebecca Parris, Regina Carter, Charnett Moffett, Aaron Scott, Kevin Mahogany, Stanley Jordan, Will Calhoun, Steven Scott, Ernie Smith, Paul Winter, and more.


RJ has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals including Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Waldorf Astoria, Birdland, Cafe Wha?, The Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, Ziegfeld’s Follies Times Square, Steven Talkhouse, The Nassau Coliseum, Brooklyn Bowl, The Kodak Center’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Baltimore SoundStage, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Rochester Jazz Festival,  Symphony Hall Boston, Flood City Music Festival, Tanglewood, The JVC Jazz Festival, and Dave Douglas’s Festival of New Trumpet Music. 


RJ can be heard on more than a dozen albums including Charnett Moffett’s “Art of the Improviser and Treasure,” and as co-leader of the group Search whose debut album “Today is Tomorrow,” received international recognition including 3 stars in Downbeat Magazine. He has also recorded on tracks for hip hop stars, Shaggy, Method Man, and Red Man. 


RJ’s holistic approach to teaching, The 13th Note, incorporates advanced breathing, meditation, and visualization exercises designed to increase students’ capacity to focus, overcome performance anxiety, and make the most of their practice time. He developed the Cyclical Intervalic Training Program and Reverse Subdivision Method to demystify composition and jazz theory to provide any dedicated instrumental student with the knowledge and confidence to compose their own music, improvise, and start down the path to discover their unique sound and artistic vision. RJ is also an experienced Caruso Brass Method practitioner. His first book, 13 Esoteric Exercises for Large and Small Ensemble, will be available Fall of 2021.