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Saturday, February 17, 2018

PDX Jazz presents

Portland Jazz Festival

Ben Allison & Think Free

with Kirk Knuffke

Steve Cardenas

and Allan Mednard

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

$25 advance, $30 day of show

All ages welcome

Portland Jazz Festival

The PDX Jazz Festival arrives each and every February to recognize Black History Month, and to remind Portlanders and our many out of town guests what a rich and robust Jazz experience we offer. With upwards of 100 paid and ticketed events over 11 days, there are ambitious programs that will warm the heart and swing your soul. As always, we pay homage to living jazz legends and those who came before. Emerging and exploratory musicians and the legacy artists we admire will be on full display in the beautiful city of Portland!

Website:
http://pdxjazz.com/pdx-jazz-festival/

Ben Allison & Think Free

Ben Allison & Think Free

Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and lyrical and sometimes quirky melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, and seamlessly blends them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, South American and Europe, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

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 - Action-Refraction (2011), Think Free (2009), Little Things Run the World (2008), Cowboy Justice (2006), Buzz (2004), Peace Pipe (2002), Riding the Nuclear Tiger (2001), Third Eye (1999), Medicine Wheel (1998) and Seven Arrows (1996) on Palmetto Records - 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 2005-2009 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 2005-2007), "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. In 2005, Ben received the Bird Award, The Netherland's most prestigeous jazz-related award.

"I see the the whole process - from assembling a band, writing and work-shopping 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 current album, Action-Refraction reached #1 on the CMJ National Jazz radio charts and has remained in the top 20 for over two months, making it one of the most-played CDs of 2011. His previous six albums, achieved similar radio success, garnering him 7 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, Ben 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.

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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