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Ben Gallina


GREETINGS! My name is Ben Gallina. I write music and play upright bass, electric bass, mandolin, tenor banjo, piano and guitar. Against all logic, I've been playing music in New York City since 2004, with no signs of stopping. You can hear me play bass regularly with Matt Kanelos and the Smooth Maria, HappyFunSmile, FACE, Slow to Wake, Danny Sher's Idiosyncrasies, Big Swifty, and my own group: SALO. As a free-lancer I've toured the US with honeyhoney opening for Lifehouse, performed with jazz/soul singer Dean Bowman, saxophonist Jeff Lederer, and several orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic Pops, Astoria Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. I give private music instruction on bass and composition and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Bass Performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY


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Dave Noland: Ripple

Read "Ripple" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Ripple is Dave Noland's second album as a leader, a self-produced endeavor that follows the tenor saxophonist's 2007 recording for the Jazz Excursion label, Nomad. With a mix of four original tunes and three standards, Ripple showcases Noland's considerable talents as a composer, arranger, and improviser. Originally from San Angelo, Texas, Noland has been ...


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The Jazz Session #281: Ben Gallina

The Jazz Session #281: Ben Gallina


Article: Album Review

Salo: Sundial Lotus

Read "Sundial Lotus" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Sundial Lotus, the debut release from Salo, could easily be described as exuberant. Full of unpredictable energy, cadenced affinity and cross-genre influences, it wriggles out of one confine after another, creating small snippets of friction and long passages of intrigue. The septet's players hail from the critically acclaimed groups Respect Sextet, Jerseyband and Little Women, all ...


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