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WTJU and The Charlottesville Jazz Society Present jazz bassist Ben Allison Tuesday October 23rd

Any jazz lovers holding tickets to the Bruce Springsteen concert at JPJ Arena should sell them now, because one of the most important and distinctive figures in modern jazz will also perform in Charlottesville that night. 46-year-old bassist, composer and band leader Ben Allison brings his powerful quartet to central Virginia for the first time on October 23rd, for a 7:30 pm concert at The Haven at First and Market, sponsored by The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM.

Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of the few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves and inspired arrangements, Ben draws not only from the jazz tradition, but also from a range of influences including rock, folk, classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into his own original, distinctive style. Called “one of today’s best young jazz musicians” by the Boston Globe and a
“visionary composer, adventurous improviser…” by JazzTimes, Ben has released ten albums as a leader, most recently 2011’s Action-Refraction on Palmetto Records. All showcase Ben’s forward-thinking vision as a producer, composer, arranger, and bassist, and his hands-on approach to his craft. Action-Refraction reached #1 on the College Music Journal
national Jazz radio charts and remained in the top 20 for over three months, making it one of the most-played CDs of 2011. This past February, Allison made his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, playing to a sold-out audience and receiving a standing ovation.  Ben has been cited in the Downbeat Critics Poll “Bassist” and “Composer” categories, and
won the “Rising Star Bassist” category in 2005, 2006 and again in 2007.

Several of the musicians in Allison’s Carnegie Hall band will be with him in Charlottesville as part of The Ben Allison Quartet. The electrifying guitarist Brandon Seabrook alternates on banjo to bring an edgy, percussive sound to the group.  That style blends well with the somewhat more restrained and tasteful guitar work of Steve Cardenas. Rounding out the group is versatile drummer Rudy Royston, who can often be heard with Bill Frisell, Jenny Scheinman and other top jazz artists.

Tickets for the October 23rd concert, 7:30 pm at The Haven, will be sold at the door only. General Admission is $20. Paid members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society receive a $5 discount. All students pay $10. Ben will conduct a free workshop earlier that day at Albemarle High School, and he will be in the WTJU studio Monday night, October 22, on Anything Goes to talk about the concert. For more information visit, or call (434) 249-6191.


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