Ben Allison Jazz Bass & Steve Cardenas Guitar Duo
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 7pm
General Admission $25
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Bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Allison draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music traditions. Ben has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Brazil, winning fans and 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), Central Park’s Summer Stage (New York City), Auditório Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), The Capitol Theater (Salt Lake City, NV) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England).
Called “one of today’s best young jazz musicians” by the Boston Globe and a “visionary composer, adventurous improviser, and strong organizational force on the New York City jazz scene” by JazzTimes, Ben has released ten albums all of which showcase Ben’s forward-thinking vision as a bassist, composer, arranger, producer, and mixing engineer, as well as his hands-on approach to his craft. Ben’s most recent album Action-Refraction, reached #1 on the CMJ national jazz radio charts and remained in the top 20 for over three months.
Ben received the Bird Award and has been cited in the Downbeat Critics Poll “Bassist” category (2010-2011), “Composer” category (2010) and won the “Rising Star Bassist” category in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He’s also been cited in the “Rising Star Album,” “Rising Star Acoustic Group,” “Rising Star Arranger,” and “Rising Star Jazz Artist,” categories since 2003 as well as the “Bassist” category of the 2005-2012 Downbeat Readers Poll. He 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, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet the Composer, and the American Composers Forum, among others.
Guitarist Steve Cardenas’s warm, lyrical sound, and frequently edgy improv put him in the league with young, rock-influenced jazz musicians such as Pete McCann and Ben Monder. Steve is following in the footsteps of stylists such as John Scofied and Pat Metheny. He has performed and recorded with Steve Millioan, Maria Maria Muldaur, Mark Isham, Paul McCandless, Jeff Beal, and pop/rock singer Tracy Bonham. He's also made a mark with several notable two-guitar ensembles, teaming up with Kurt Rosenwinkel in Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band as well as the live incarnation of Marc Johnson's Sound of Summer Running band, and with Brad Shepik in drummer Joey Baron’s quartet Killer Joey.
Baruch Performing Arts Center
Baruch College: 25th St. (bet. 3rd and Lexington Aves.), NYC
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