Ben Allison

Ben Allison was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

He began guitar lessons at age 9 at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and privately with guitarist George Raccio.

From 1983 to 1985, Allison studied West African, Haitian and Cuban percussion traditions with Richard Hill and attended ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA), a performing arts school, and Wilbur Cross High School.

During his senior year he studied briefly with bassist Steve Swallow and took courses in 20th century music and childhood development at Yale University.

Allison entered New York University (NYU) in 1985 as a University Scholar to pursue a degree in jazz performance and bass studies.

While at NYU he studied with Joe Lovano, Dennis Irwin, Jim McNeely and Steve LaSpina. Allison graduated from NYU in 1989 with a B.A. in Music Performance.