Ben Allison

Ben Allison appears in the following:

Ben Allison: Propelling Jazz Into The Cosmos

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Hear jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison perform in the Soundcheck studio.


New Holiday Music; Bassist Ben Allison Plays Live; Playwright Lisa Kron Picks Three

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In this episode: Thanksgiving is behind us and you know what that means: Christmas music. Everywhere. All the time. Esquire's Sean Manning shares some new holiday releases including some new gems and a few stinkers too.

Then, jazz bassist Ben Allison and his band performs songs from The Stars Look Very Different Today, his sci-fi film-influenced new album with a title that tips its hat to a David Bowie song.

And: Lisa Kron -- who wrote the book and lyrics for the new musical Fun Home, which is playing at the Public Theater through the end of December -- shares a Pick Three playlist of some of her favorite songs.


In Studio: Ben Allison

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On his latest release, bassist and composer Ben Allison tackles a whole lot of standards – though not the sort you typically find on a jazz album. “Action-Refraction,” (which NPR, Time Out NY and eMusic all placed on their Best of 2011 lists) features inventive covers of songs from PJ Harvey, The Carpenters, and Neil Young, amongst others. Allison takes a break from rehearsals for a Carnegie Hall gig to stop by our studio.


Smackdown: Spotlight on Streaming

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The arrival of the new digital music service Spotify in the U.S. has been heralded as a low-cost way to expose lots of listeners to new music. But what do the artists behind the music get out of it? First, we're joined by Billboard writer Glenn Peoples to take a look at what streaming services like Spotify actually put into artists’ pockets. Then, the smacking down can begin - Time Out New York editor Steve Smith and musician Ben Allison debate whether these services are truly worth it in the end for musicians.

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Classical Music's Perfect Pitch

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Classical music was once used by advertisers to convey elegance and luxury. Increasingly, it signals humor and fun. Today, a look at how advertisers use Mozart to sell sneakers and Verdi to hawk televisions. Our guests include Karl Jenkins, a composer whose works span both the concert stage and ads ...

Word Battles

Friday, January 10, 2003

Word Battles
Week of Friday, January 10 2003

It's words, words, words... words that won't come out, words officially and unofficially chosen as Word of the Year, words of wisdom from a teacher trying to explain war, and the unreliable words of Alice Furlaud, ...