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    Ben Allison


    Bassist/composer/bandleader Ben Allison has developed an international reputation as a performer, composer and producer. He is a leading voice in contemporary jazz and 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 12 albums of original music, 7 of which topped the national jazz radio charts, garnering him 9 SESAC Performance Awards. His most recent album, Layers of the City (, is the second 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

    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.

    Professional Affiliation

    AFM, Local 802
    Recording Academy

    Awards And Honors

    Downbeat Critics Poll - "Bassist" (2010-2016), "Composer" (2010-2017). "Rising Star Bassist" Poll Winner (2005-2007)

    Current Courses

    Entrepreneurship in Music
    JTEB 4428, Fall 2021

    JCM Fundamentals: Comp 2
    JCTH 1127, Fall 2021

    Senior Seminar
    JZLA 1100, Fall 2021

    Senior Seminar Midflex
    JZLA 1101, Fall 2021

    Future Courses

    Entrepreneurial Mus + ESL
    COPA 5002, Spring 2022

    Entrepreneurial Musician
    COPA 2000, Spring 2022

    Entrepreneurship in Music
    JTEB 4428, Spring 2022

    Senior Seminar
    JZLA 1100, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    Entrepreneurial Musician
    COPA 2000, Spring 2021

    Senior Seminar
    JZLA 1100, Spring 2021

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