Presented with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with Western Front
“Whenever some fool goes on about the death of jazz, play
that misguided soul some of the latest album from New York bassist Ben Allison.
This is assuredly jazz that deconstructs all influences, with harmonic
chromaticism in an intriguing dialogue with hummable modal melodies.” ~LA Times
Bassist, bandleader, composer and educator Ben Allison is
known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves, and memorable melodies.
Since 1991 he has recorded over 40+ albums, 11 as a leader, and 7 which reached
#1 on the US jazz charts. He has worked hard to create his own, unique sound in
jazz which draws on a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th
century classical and world music traditions. The JazzTimes calls him, “a visionary composer, adventurous improviser, and
strong organizational force on the New York City jazz scene”. We enjoyed his
playing so much last year with saxophonist Michael Blake that we had to bring
him back for more.
Featuring Ben Allison (bass), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Allan Mednard (drums)
About Western Front
Established in 1973 the Western Front is one of Canada’s leading artist-run centres for contemporary art and new music. They produce and present visual art, exhibitions, new music concerts and workshops, media-art residencies, performance art and other artist-driven initiatives. The Western Front currently maintains programs in Exhibitions, Media Art and New Music, as well as an extensive archive of audio-visual materials. Through this diverse programming they continue to be a crucial platform for interdisciplinary, experimental art practices in Canada and internationally. For more information visit: www.front.bc.ca
*This is a general admission performance - the seats are on a first come, first served basis when you arrive at the venue. Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.