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Rare Live Recording of Riding the Nuclear Tiger With Symphony Orchestra

Digging through my archives, I came across this recording of my band playing Riding the Nuclear Tiger with the 80-piece Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The arrangement is by Todd Murphy and your’s truly (mostly Todd). Michael Blake plays the soprano solo. Also in the band at that time was Michael Sarin (drums), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Ted Nash (tenor saxophone).

The sound quality is not great (check out that bass sound!). It was recorded by my agent on her small camera from the audience. But it’s a killer arrangement and still gives me chills to hear. I remember the power of that sound, especially the tympani at the end.

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Ben Cited in 2015 Downbeat Critics Poll

Since 2003, Ben has been routinely cited in numerous categories of the Downbeat Critics Poll. This year, Ben continues the streak with citations in the Bassist, Composer and Rising Star Arranger categories, and, for the first time the Rising Star Producer category.

Full poll results can be found here: http://downbeat.com/digitaledition/2015/DB1508/_art/DB1508.pdf

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Ben Re-Elected For Second Term As Vice President Of The NY Chapter of The Recording Academy

 

In 2014, Ben was elected by the New York Board of Governors to serve as Vice President of the NY Chapter of The Recording Academy. This June, Ben will begin a second term as VP and will continue his role as Advocacy Chair.

The Academy is most widely known as the organization behind the Grammy Awards, which together with MusiCares and The Grammy Foundation comprise the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Ben began his tenure as a Governor of the NY Chapter in 2011 and assumed the chairmanship of the Advocacy Committee in 2013.

“I’m thrilled to be able to continue my role as VP as well as Advocacy Chair, especially during this time of significant change in music industry,” Ben said. “We have a once-in-a-generation chance to revisit and improve upon existing copyright law, as well as finally address some long-standing inequities in the area of performing rights. These issues affect all music creators and the Recording Academy is at the forefront of efforts to address them.”

 

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Ben Allison Rocks 62nd Annual Downbeat Critics Poll

We’re excited to announce that Ben has won the Rising Star Composer category in the 62nd Annual Downbeat Critics Poll. Ben also placed 4th in the Bass category, behind Christian McBride, Dave Holland and Ron Carter. He is also cited in the Composer and Rising Star Arranger, Producer and Jazz Artist categories.

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Ben Allison Elected Vice President of The Recording Academy, NY Chapter

Ben was recently voted in as Vice President of the NY Chapter of The Recording Academy. The Academy is most widely known as the organization behind the Grammy Awards, which together with MusiCares and The Grammy Foundation comprise the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Ben began his tenure as a Governor of the NY Chapter in 2011 and assumed the chairmanship of the Advocacy Committee in 2013. Says Ben,

“I am honored and excited by the opportunity to serve at this great organization. NARAS plays an important role as one of the largest and most-inclusive trade organizations, supporting the health of the music industry as well as the lives and livelihoods of artists and creators.”

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