Ben Allison Ben Allison

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall (New York City), Teatro Manzoni (Milan, Italy), Thatro Roberto Cantoral (Mexico City, Mexico), Central Park’s SummerStage (New York, NY), Auditório Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), The Capitol Theater (Salt Lake City, NV), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England).

In 2005, 2008 and 2013, Ben was a featured composer, arranger and performer with Jazz Sinfonica, an 80-piece orchestra based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The orchestra performed Ben’s compositions Little Things Run the World, Riding the Nuclear Tiger, Roll Credits, Green Al, and others from his various albums. Ben performed his Carnegie Hall debut as a leader in February 2012. A multi-part short documentary of Ben preparing for the concert was filmed.

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Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Albums by Ben Allison

Album Quiet Revolution by Ben Allison

Quiet Revolution

Sonica Camera
2018

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Album Layers of the City by Ben Allison

Layers of the City

Sonic Camera Records
2017

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Album Quiet Revolution by Ben Allison

Quiet Revolution

Newvelle Records
2016

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Album The Stars Look Very Different Today by Ben Allison

The Stars Look Very...

Sonic Camera Records
2014

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Album Action-Refraction by Ben Allison

Action-Refraction

Palmetto Records
2011

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D.A.V.E.

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