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