Called "one of today's best young jazz musicians" by the Boston Globe, bassist and composer Ben Allison will perform with guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Allison Miller at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as part of the Music Department's 26th annual Jazz Festival.
The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center. The public performance caps a day of jazz study by more than 700 high school and middle school students from around Wisconsin.
Tickets for the concert are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets through the Information and Tickets Office at 715-346-4100, 800-838-3378 or http://tickets.uwsp.edu.
Allison has an international reputation for creating inspiring jazz arrangements that draw from a range of influences, from rock and folk to 20th Century classical and world music. He has released 11 albums, seven of which have reached number one on the national jazz radio charts. He has served as an adjunct professor and visiting and resident artist at universities and conservatories around the world. He formed the Jazz Composers Collective in New York City, and is an advocate for musician's rights.
Cardenas has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995 and has performed with several groups and toured around the world. He also teaches at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.
Miller is a New York City-based drummer, composer and teacher whose band, Boom Tic Boom, has released four albums and received critical acclaim. She is a jazz ambassador for the U.S. State Department and has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world.