Alison Keslow

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Bassist and composer, born in New Rochelle, NY. Alison Keslow began playing piano at the age of 4. Her mother, a jazz pianist, was her main inspiration. By age 19 she picked up bass and started playing rock, blues and later jazz. At Berklee College of Music in Boston, Alison studied electric bass under Rich Appleman and Bruce Gertz.

While at Berklee and after graduating in 1994, she began freelancing in the Boston area and soon built a reputation as a versatile player and soloist on electric bass. Later Alison studied more advanced jazz improvisation with the great jazz guru Charlie Banacos. She also continued her own education with graduate courses in jazz improvisation with Philadelphia based pianist Jimmy Amadie . Alison released her first solo CD “Between Earth and Sky” in 2003.

Alison’s CD “Between Earth and Sky” has seven of her originals and two arrangements of jazz tunes. The album was recorded “live in the studio” in one day with some great musicians including Dino Govoni sax, Dave Limina keys, Peter Wiernik guitar and Jon Hazilla drums. Alison’s CD has received air play on the Jazz Oasis and Women in Music programs on WERS radio in Boston, Upper Room with Joe Kelly on WVOF in Fairfield CT, WMFO at Tuffs University, Women on Air (which broadcasts over 99 public radio stations across the country) and many others.

Performer, composer, session bassist and the leader of The Alison Keslow Group. Alison has shared the stage, recording credits and supported artists such as Joan Armatrading, Jerry Marotta , Tony Levin, John Sebastian, saxophonist Mindi Abair and many more. Besides being an active sideman, Alison has two albums out as a leader, “Between Earth and Sky” and her current release ” Bass Dharma” 2014. Alison is currently on the summer faculty at Berklee College Of Music in Boston and is co owner with her husband of Sudbury School of Music in Sudbury. Most recently in 2015 she was nominated for a Boston Music Award for artist of the year.

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  • Only a foot too tall! Almost got away with it :)
  • From a recent performance at the Isabella Stewart Museum! What a beautiful space! It's like being in an Italian villa in the middle of Boston!
  • Spent the weekend performing and teaching at the Victor Wooten Bass camp at Berklee! Vic is as nice as he is talented!!!

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