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Ben allison stato definito " compositore visionario, improvvisatore avventuroso ed una forza tra le pi consistenti della scena jazzistica della cosiddetta avanguardia newyorkese.Nell'ultima decade definitivamente emerso come nuova stella. Con i suoi progetti vari, tra i quali citiamo Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe e Medicine Wheel, Ben Allison's quartet , ha suonato intensivamente in ogni angolo del mondo. Citato nella speciale classifica di Down beat magazine in svariate categorie : primo posto nel 2005.2006.2007 come bassista emergente , miglior album artista emergente, miglior artista jazz emergente, miglior formazione acustica emergente, miglior arangiatore emergente. Ha realizzato diversi album a suo nome raccogliendo consensi eccezionali di critica e di pubblico.Il suo pi recente album,Little Things Run the World, rimasto nella speciale classifica di CMJ ,National Jazz radio,per pi di 4 mesi. I suoi precedenti dischi hanno riportato un analogo grande successo radiofonico ed una grande serie di premi ( 6 SESAC National Performance Awards) , miglior disco secondo e sono stati come miglior dischi dell'anno da Billboard, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Jazz Times, Jazz Journalists Association, Downbeat Critics Poll, All About Jazz, Coda (Canada), and Jazz Review (UK).
All'et di 25 anni ha costituito il Jazz Composers Collective con base a New York.Questa compagine stata ingaggiata su commissione per pi di 100 concerti, eventi speciali presso musei, festivals sparsi per il mondo...
Nato nel 1966 in New Haven, Connecticut, ha suonato in tutto il mondo con artisti che vanno dal suonatore di oud Ara Dinkjian, al sassofonista Lee Konitz piuttosto che con il leggendario artista Joey Arias: Ha composto musiche per films, televisione, cinema, teatro: Si ricorda in particolare il tema per la radio National Public Radio (che registra ascolti a per pi di 1.000.000 di ascoltatori a settimana ) e la musica del film Two Days, scritta dall'autore Donald Margulies,vincitore del premio Pulitzer.

Ben Allison is a "visionary composer, adventurous improviser, and strong organizational force on the New York City jazz scene, [and] has emerged as a rising star over the past decade" (JazzTimes). With his groups Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel Ben has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Brazil winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

Hailed as "one of today's best young jazz musicians" by the Boston Globe, Ben has released eight albums of original music - Little Things Run the World (2008), Cowboy Justice (2006), Buzz (2004), Peace Pipe (2002), Riding the Nuclear Tiger (2001), Third Eye (1999), and Medicine Wheel (1998) on Palmetto Records, and his 1996 debut Seven Arrows on the Koch Jazz label - all of which showcase Ben's forward-thinking vision as a producer, composer, arranger, and bassist, and his hands-on approach to his craft.

Cited in the ?Bassist? category of the 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 Downbeat Readers? Poll, Ben?s work has not gone unnoticed by the press. Since 2003 Ben has been routinely listed in the Downbeat Critics Poll in an extremely wide variety of categories including "Bassist,? ?Composer,? ?Rising Star Bassist,? (ranking #1 in 2005, 2006 and 2007), "Rising Star Album," "Rising Star Acoustic Group," "Rising Star Arranger," and "Rising Star Jazz Artist," all of which is a testament to his dedication as a musician.

"I see the the whole process - from assembling a band, writing and workshoping the music, recording and mastering the album, doing the artwork and writing the notes, and then touring the project - to be all part of the process of musical expression." says Ben. "I enjoy every step as they all demand a certain kind of positive energy. And I get to collaborate with a wide range of very creative people."

Ben's most recent album, Little Things Run the World, reached #1 on the CMJ National Jazz radio charts and remained in the top 20 for over four months. His previous five albums, achieved similar radio success, being among the most played albums of the years in which they were released, garnering him 6 SESAC National Performance Awards, and have been named as among the best of the year by publications such as Billboard, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Jazz Times, Jazz Journalists Association, Downbeat Critics Poll, All About Jazz, Coda (Canada), and Jazz Review (UK), among many others.

At the age of twenty-five, he formed the Jazz Composers Collective - a musician-run, non-profit organization based in New York City that is dedicated to constructing an environment where artists can exercise their ideals of creating and risking through the development and exploration of new music. As the Artistic Director and a Composer-in-Residence of the Jazz Composers Collective, Ben has produced or co-produced over 100 concerts and special events, including the Collective's annual concert series (which ran for eleven seasons), national and international tours by Collective artists, an on-going Collective residency at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NYC), and an annual "Jazz Composers Collective Festival" at the Jazz Standard - which has drawn international attention as a mainstay of New York City's musical life. As a member of the Collective Ben has received commissioning, performing, and recording grants from Chamber Music America, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Foundation, Meet the Composer, and the American Composers Forum.

Along with pianist Frank Kimbrough, Ben co-leads the Herbie Nichols Project, a performing and researching entity premiered by the Jazz Composers Collective in 1994, dedicated to the music of the brilliant pianist-composer. The group has recorded three CDs, Strange City (Palmetto Records, 2001), and Dr. Cyclops' Dream and Love Is Proximity (both on Soul Note Records, 1999 and 1997). Strange City topped the jazz radio charts (CMJ) peaking at #1, and was picked as "Best Album" in the 2002 Downbeat Critics' Poll. The group was also chosen as "Best Acoustic Group" and "Best Acoustic Group - TDWR" in the same poll.

Born in 1966 in New Haven, Connecticut, Ben has performed the world over with musicians ranging from oudist Ara Dinkjian to saxophonist Lee Konitz to legendary performance artist Joey Arias. He has appeared on over 40 albums by various artists and has written music for film, national television and radio, including the theme for the National Public Radio (NPR) show On the Media (which boasts a listernship of over 1,000,000 people per week) and the score for Two Days, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald Margulies. He was a featured artist with the Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra of Sao Paulo in 2005 and 2008.
 
   


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