• Thursday, Dec 29, 2011

    Jazz Bassist and Composer Ben Allison Makes His Zankel Hall Debut on Friday, February 3

    On Friday, February 3 at 10:00 p.m., acclaimed jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison makes his Zankel Hall debut, performing music from his latest album, Action-Refraction, and other works. Dubbed “an iconoclastic bassist and composer” by Time Out Chicago and noted as “…a New York underground jazz scene mainstay [who] has broken away from traditional jazz into crossover hybrids and developed a distinctive voice” by Billboard, Allison is known for lyrical melodies, inventive grooves, and arrangements that draw from the jazz tradition. His influences also range from rock and folk to classical and world music. Joining Allison for his performance are saxophonist Michael Blake, guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Rudy Royston, percussionist Rogerio Boccato, and guitarist/banjo player Brandon Seabrook,in addition to celebrated New York City-based performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist Joey Arias. This performance is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

    To view a behind-the-scenes video of Ben Allison discussing his creative process, and preparing for his upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall, please click here.

    Prior to Allison’s performance, starting at 9:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge, and meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

    About the Artist
    With his various performing ensembles, including The Ben Allison Band, Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben Allison has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, South America, and Europe, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected. Allison notes, “I see the whole process—from assembling a band, writing and work-shopping the music, recording and mastering the album, doing the artwork and writing the notes, and then touring the project—to be all part of the process of musical expression…I enjoy every step as they all demand a certain kind of positive energy.”

    Called “one of today’s best young jazz musicians” by the Boston Globe and a “visionary composer, adventurous improviser, and strong organizational force on the New York City jazz scene” by JazzTimes, Ben Allison has released ten albums to date—Action-Refraction (2011), Think Free (2009), Little Things Run the World (2008), Cowboy Justice (2006), Buzz (2004), Peace Pipe (2002), Riding the Nuclear Tiger (2001), Third Eye (1999), Medicine Wheel (1998), and Seven Arrows (1996)—all of which showcase his forward-thinking vision as a producer, composer, arranger, and bassist, and his hands-on approach to his craft. Allison has been acclaimed by the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in both the bassist (2010-2011) and composer categories (2010), and was named “Rising Star Bassist” three years in a row from 2005 to 2007. In addition, he earned accolades in the “Rising Star” album, acoustic group, and arranger categories. In 2005, Allison was honored with the Netherland’s most prestigious jazz honor—the Bird Award—and his latest recording, Action-Refraction, reached #1 on the CMJ National Jazz radio charts, remaining in the top 20 for over three months, making it one of the most-played CDs of 2011.

    At the age of 25, Ben formed the Jazz Composers Collective—a musician-run, non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to creating an environment where artists can exercise their creative ideals and take risks through the development and exploration of new music. As the Artistic Director and a Composer-in-Residence of the Jazz Composers Collective, Allison has produced or co-produced over 100 concerts and special events, including the Collective’s annual concert series (which ran for eleven seasons), national and international tours by Collective artists, an on-going Collective residency at the Museum of Modern Art, and an annual “Jazz Composers Collective Festival” at New York’s Jazz Standard. As a member of the Collective, Ben Allison has received commissioning, performing, and recording grants from Chamber Music America, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Foundation, Meet the Composer, and the American Composers Forum.

    Program Information
    Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Ben Allison, Bass
    Michael Blake, Saxophones
    Steve Cardenas, Guitar
    Rudy Royston, Drums
    Brandon Seabrook, Guitar and Banjo
    Rogerio Boccato, Percussion
    Joey Arias, Vocals

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $39 and $50, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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