Already a regular in the Carnegie
Hall Neighborhood Concert Series, Ben Allison—a visionary composer and bassist
known for his adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected—makes
his Carnegie Hall debut on February 3, 2012.
Allison is one of only a few band
leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable
sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves, and inspired
arrangements, he draws from the jazz tradition and influences that range from
rock and folk to classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a
cinematic, cohesive whole.
With his groups the Ben Allison
Band, Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Allison has toured
extensively throughout the US, Canada, South America, and Europe, winning fans
and building new audiences.
Allison has released 10 albums that
showcase his forward-thinking vision as a producer, composer, arranger, and
bassist, while also highlighting his hands-on approach to his craft. These
releases include Action-Refraction
(2011), Little Things Run the World(2008),
Cowboy Justice (2006), Peace Pipe (2002), Riding the
Nuclear Tiger (2001), Medicine
Wheel(1998), and Seven Arrows (1996) on Palmetto Records.
in 1966 in New Haven, Connecticut, Allison has performed the world over with
musicians who range from oudist Ara Dinkjian to saxophonist Lee Konitz to
legendary performance artist Joey Arias. Allison has appeared on more than 40
albums by various artists and has written music for film,
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In the first of a series of personal, behind-the-scenes, and rehearsal videos, Ben describes his creative process and aims for his debut at the Hall.
In the third part of the series, Allison reveals how the street sounds of New York provide an important source of inspiration.
In part two of a series, Ben Allison introduces percussionist Rogerio Boccato and expands on his philosophy of jazz composition and performance.
The final part of the series brings the band together for its first full rehearsal and an unexpected appearance on WNYC's Soundcheck.
Ben Allison performs his arrangement of "St. Ita's Vision" from Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs.
Ben Allison performs his arrangement of Donnie Hathaway's "Some Day We'll All Be Free."
Both tracks come from Allison's latest album, Action-Refraction.
The Ben Allison Band perform Allison's own composition, "Broken," from his latest album Action-Refraction.