Bassist-composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has
developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements,
inventive grooves, and hummable melodies, Allison 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-Ben Allison Band, Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel-Allison
has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Brazil, winning fans and
building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the
unexpected. He has also released 10 CDs on Palmetto Records-all of which showcase his
forward-thinking vision as a producer, composer, arranger, and bassist.
Allison has been cited in the Downbeat Critics Poll bassist (2010 and 2011) and
composer categories (2010), and was named Rising Star Bassist in 2005, 2006, and 2007. His
most recent album, Action-Refraction, reached the top of the CMJ national jazz
radio charts and remained in the top 20 for over three months, making it one of the
most-played CDs of 2011. His previous six albums, achieved similar radio success, garnering
him six SESAC National Performance Awards, and have been named as among the best of the
year by publications such as Billboard, The New York Times, The
Boston Globe, Village Voice, and JazzTimes, among many others.
At the age of 25, Allison formed the Jazz Composers Collective-a musician-run, non-profit
organization based in New York City that is dedicated to constructing an environment where
artists can exercise their ideals of creating and risking through the development and
exploration of new music. As its artistic director and a composer-in-residence, he has
produced or co-produced more than 100 concerts and special events. Also as a member of the
Collective, Allison has received commissioning, performing, and recording grants from
Chamber Music America, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts,
Aaron Copland Foundation, Meet the Composer, and American Composers Forum. Visit
benallison.com for more information.