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Ridgeway Radio Presents: On The Scene SFO

“On The Scene SF/O”, presented by Ridgeway Radio, is a FREE Bi-Monthly (audio) interview formatted podcast with artists, musicians and individuals of prominence who have been instrumental in creating interesting and meaningful recordings, performances or other contributions locally in the SF Bay Area, regionally, nationally, and/or internationally. Executive Producer – Jeff Denson Produced by Andrew Lion and Matt Boudreau Hosted by Andrew Lion
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About On The Scene SF/O

“On The Scene SF/O”, presented by Ridgeway Radio, is a FREE Bi-Monthly (audio) interview formatted podcast with artists, musicians and individuals of prominence who have been instrumental in creating interesting and meaningful recordings, performances or other contributions locally in the SF Bay Area, regionally, nationally, and/or internationally.
 
Executive Producer – Jeff Denson
Produced by Andrew Lion and Matt Boudreau
Hosted by Andrew Lion
 
We are pleased to present this opportunity to promote great musicians and music personalities through the podcast medium, while creating an archive that will provide insight to those interested in what the artists are about on a more essential level.
 
About Andrew Lion

Andrew Lion (California Jazz Conservatory alumnus) is a composer, bandleader and bass player.  He has performed and recorded in a variety of settings ranging from pop, rock, jazz, R&B, blues, and singer-songwriters.  Performances include venues from Yoshi’s to The Fillmore and a set on ABC’s Late Night Television, Jimmy Kimmel Show! with Jeff Campbell’s band (www.jeffcampbellmusic.com).  Andrew recently released a full-length studio recording with his jazz and indie rock inspired 7-Piece music collective, Negative Press Project.  www.negativepressproject.com

Ridgeway Arts is dedicated to developing the Bay Area educational and performance scene. Your support enables us to sustain a variety of programs and meet administrative and operational objectives. Basically, your contributions keep us moving forward in our mission to further the preservation and growth of jazz and related styles of music.

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Jun 27, 2017

New York Based, Bassist, Composer, Recording Artist, and Educator, Ben Allison has a career that spans several decades.  

Ben has established himself at the forefront of modern jazz and creative music.  A disciple of the jazz canon, rock, folk, 20th Century Classical music, and improvisational music from around the world, he firmly believes in the notion that the tradition of jazz is to move the music forward.

He was a founding member of the Jazz Composers Collective that produced more than 100 performances in New York and abroad, new music, and annual concerts in the region for 11 seasons.

One could add one time club owner (Kush), and now producer, record label owner, and artist advocate activist to his CV, with that last part highlighted by virtue of Ben's position as current President of the Board of the New York chapter of the Recording Academy.

With more than 11 recordings out under his various group configurations, such as Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, Peace Pipe, and Think Free bands, he is now releasing his second recording on his Sonic Camera label imprint, with ‘Layers of the City’.  A set of new compositions featuring Ben with Guitarist, Steve Cardenas, Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, Pianist Frank Kimbrough, and Allan Mednard on Drums.

We spoke with Ben about his new recording, composing process, audience engagement, leanings toward activism and advocacy, worldview, and development as a recording artist. 

With such a rich and densely packed career, we couldn’t possibly fit it into a brief discussion, so we have broken our conversation into several parts. 

Tracks featured throughout Episode #012 Part 1 of 3:

  • Get Me Offa This Thing - Layers of the City
  • The Detective’s Wife - Layers of the City
  • Green AL - Think Free
  • Neutron Star - The Stars Look Very Different Today
  • Jazz Scene Voyeur - Riding the Nuclear Tiger
  • Emergency - Cowboy Justice
  • Blowback - Layers of the City
  • Dakan - Peace Pipe
  • Mantra - Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, Third Eye