Ben Allison Trio – Abrons Arts Center – October 16, 2011
The Abrons Arts Center is part of the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side. Our concert-going history there goes back to at least the early 80’s, though this was the first one that was outdoors, also the first that I sketched. I probably hear Ben Allison’s music – snippets only – on the radio more than any other artist, because he composed the theme to NPR’s “On the Media”. That tune was not on the agenda here. Only when he signed did I realize that he’s a lefty bass player, though he plays it “righty”.