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Ben Allison

Background information
Birth name Ben Allison
Born c. 1966
Origin New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician, Composer
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Herbie Nichols Project
Ted Nash

Ben Allison (c. 1966) is an American jazz double bassist and composer born in New Haven, Connecticut.

His groups include Peace Pipe, the Ben Allison Quartet, Medicine Wheel, the Kush Trio, Man Size Safe, and the Herbie Nichols Project (which he co-leads with pianist Frank Kimbrough). At the age of 25 he formed the Jazz Composers Collective, a New York City nonprofit organization, serving as that organization's Artistic Director and as a Composer-in-Residence.

His recording Peace Pipe features the unusual addition of a kora player, Mamadou Diabaté.

Allison wrote the theme for the NPR/WNYC show On the Media.


  • Seven Arrows (Koch Records, 1995)
  • Medicine Wheel (Palmetto Records, 1998)
  • Third Eye (Palmetto, 1999)
  • Riding the Nuclear Tiger (Palmetto, 2001)
  • Peace Pipe (Palmetto, 2002)
  • Buzz (Palmetto, 2004)
  • Cowboy Justice (Palmetto, 2006)
  • Little Things Run the World (Palmetto, 2008)
  • Think Free (Palmetto, 2009)

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