Woody Shaw

Organ Grinder

Bobby Hutcherson

Comes Spring

Lionel Loueke

Sleepless Night

Thelonious Monk


Geri Allen

Mounts and Mountains

Cole Porter

Night and Day

Ben Alessio

The Ropewalker

Event Info

This event will be presented virtually through the Broadcast Center. STREAMING LINK>

Jazz percussionist Ben Alessio '21 presents a senior recital as part of the Certificate in Jazz Studies.

Free and open to all. No tickets required. 

About the Artist:

Ben Alessio ’21 (he/him) is a drummer from Algonquin, IL. He will be graduating with a degree in physics and a certificate in jazz studies. Ben began playing drums as soon as he could hold sticks to hit his father’s Ludwig drum set from the 1970’s. In middle school he started a punk rock band and played in the school jazz band. In high school, he went to the Northern Illinois University jazz camp in Dekalb, IL as well as the Birch Creek jazz camp in Door County, WI. It was these experiences, as well as seeing the Wayne Shorter quartet at the Chicago Symphony Center, that made him passionate about this music and dedicated to learning it. At Princeton, he has continued learning under the mentorship of Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vince Ector, and others, and has performed with Danilo Pérez, Gerald Clayton, Archie Shepp, Ingrid Jensen, and Tia Fuller. Ben wrote his senior thesis on diffusiophoresis, which is a form of molecular transport that has applications in water purification. He wants to pursue a career in scientific research and is dedicated to finding solutions to climate change. 

Maya Keren ’22 (she/her) is a pianist, vocalist, and composer hailing from Philadelphia, PA. She aims to make art that is compassionate and riotous, that smashes expectation and invents new ways of being together. Maya is an alumna of the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program and the Banff Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music, two programs that imprinted upon Maya the importance of vulnerability and trust in meaningful music-making. She carries this sentiment with her when she performs, in projects like improvising duo Moon! Moon! with bassist Akiva Jacobs and Julien Chang’s touring indie-rock band. Maya is currently studying Music and African American Studies at Princeton University, where she has been mentored by Kris Davis, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Angelica Sanchez.

Yende Mangum ’24 is a pianist, composer, and producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His works span multiple genres, including but not limited to classical, jazz, and hip hop. He is a 2019 recipient of the Bruce Montgomery Springboard Award and a member of Philadelphia-based band Mystic Prize.

Akiva Jacobs ’22 is a bassist and composer from Newton, Massachusetts. He is currently a junior in the Music department at Princeton. His most recent musical activities have been learning the clarinet and building clothing out of twigs.

Rohit Oomman ‘24 (he/him) is a guitarist from Brooklyn, NY. He is a first-year student intending on concentrating in economics with a certificate in jazz studies. At Princeton, he participates in the jazz small groups, plays in the pit orchestra for the Triangle Club, and has musical directed several performances for the Princeton University Players. He has performed with Michael League, Arturo O’Farrill and Wycliffe Gordon.