Bassist/composer/bandleader Ben Allison has developed an international reputation as a performer and composer and a leading voice in contemporary jazz. Since he first hit the scene in the early 1990s Ben has organized and performed on over 150 tours, winning fans and building new audiences throughout the world with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.
Ben has released 11 albums of original music, the last 7 of which topped the CMJ national jazz radio charts, garnering him 9 SESAC Performance Awards. His most recent album, The Stars Look Very Different Today is the first to be released on his own Sonic Camera Records label.
At the age of 25, Ben formed the Jazz Composers Collective, a non-profit organization that fostered and presented new music. He acted as the Collective’s Artistic Director from 1992 until 2005.
He currently serves as President of the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy. In 2012, he testified in front of Congress on issues relating to performance royalties and has also served as Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee.
Ben has written articles for Downbeat, JazzTimes, the IAJE Journal, Premier Guitar, Bass Player as well as his own blog at www.benallison.com/blog
He wrote the theme for the popular NPR radio program On The Media, which is heard by over 1,500,000 listeners weekly.
Ben was a featured composer and performer with the Jazz Sinfonica, 80-piece symphony orchestra, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2005, 2008 and 2013.
He has conducted residencies and workshops in over 100 universities and conservatories throughout Europe, North and South America.
Ben performed his Carnegie Hall debut in February 2012.
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