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Masterclass with Allison, Cardenas & Nash
Masterclass with Allison, Cardenas & Nash

Sat, Mar 23


Sam First

Masterclass with Allison, Cardenas & Nash

With over 25 years of collaboration, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, and Ted Nash weave musical conversations full of subtlety and surprise. Sam First is delighted to host these three world-class musicians for an intimate masterclass event that is not to be missed.

Mar 23, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA



Against the backdrop of over 25 years of creative collaboration Ben, Steve, and Ted weave musical conversations that are full of subtlety and surprise. They take turns arranging for the trio, which has released four albums: Quiet Revolution(2018 Sonic Camera), Somewhere Else - West Side Story Songs (2019 Plastic Sax), Healing Power: The Music of Carla Bley (2022 Sunnyside/Sonic Camera), and Tell the Birds I Said Hello: The Music of Herbie Nichols (2024, Sonic Camera). The trio is modeled after reedist/composer Jimmy Giuffre’s drummerless units of the 1950s and 60s. As jazz was becoming more expressionistic and at times bombastic, musicians like Giuffre were going in the opposite direction. They were envisioning quieter music that maintained elements of blues and folk, while also embracing the emerging qualities of free playing.


In a career that spans over 30 years, bassist, composer, producer and educator Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century and a broad range of music from around the world, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.


Guitarist Steve Cardenas began his musical career in Kansas City and has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995. Steve has performed and recorded with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, the Steve Swallow Quintet, as well as Joey Baron's, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the Ben Allison Band, John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet,  Jon Cowherd Mercy Project and Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project.

TED NASH (saxophone)

Born in Los Angeles into a musical family, Nash has that uncanny ability to mix freedom with substance, blues with intellect, and risk-taking with clarity. A long-standing member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Nash has become one of the most significant jazz composers of the 21st century.


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