Ben Allison

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

17 November 1966, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Allison studied music and guitar from the age of nine, eventually graduating from New York University in 1989. Having been active as a bass player and composer in New York for some time, in the early 90s Allison formed the Jazz Composers Collective. Run by and for musicians, this non-profit organization was created in order that its members could develop their own musical concepts, free from interference from established, and potentially less imaginative influences. By the early 00s, Allison, the JCC’s Artistic Director and one of its Composers-in-Residence, had been involved in the production of more than 100 concerts, together with national and international tours. Among his bands is Medicine Wheel, in which he is teamed with saxophonist Michael Blake, pianist Frank Kimbrough, and drummer Michael Sarin. Since 1994, he and Kimbrough have co-led the Herbie Nichols Project. This group, dedicated to the music of...

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