The eclectic, ever-inventive jazz composer-bassist Ben Allison has been popping up all over Nippertown in recent months:
1). Playing with Steve Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra at the Lake George Jazz Weekend in a electrifying tribute to Sly & the Family Stone
2). Leading a children’s music education session with Nippertown saxman Brian Patneaude at the College of Saint Rose
3). Launching his Jim Hall Project with the trio’s debut performance at the Athens Cultural Center
On Thursday night (November 15), Allison returns to the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany for a concert with his Ben Allison Band, also featuring guitarist Steve Cardenas, guitarist-banjo player Brandon Seabrook and drummer Rudy Royston.
Action-Refraction, Allison’s latest album, underscores his far-reaching influences and endlessly adventurous musical style with dramatic interpretations of songs by Thelonious Monk, PJ Harvey, Samuel Barber, Neil Young and Donny Hathaway, as well as his own strikingly original music.
The concert will also feature the Lee Shaw Trio, Nippertown’s premier piano jazz threesome – pianist Lee Shaw, bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel.
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