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A neon jazz interview with nyc jazz saxophonist composer ben wendel


Ben Wendel (born February 20, 1976 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian-American jazz saxophonist, composer, bassoonist, and pianist. He is best known for being a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody. He has also performed as a leader or sideman with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Ignacio Berroa, Daedelus, Taylor Eigsti, and Tigran Hamasyan.

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Background

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Ben was born in Vancouver, Canada, and raised in Santa Monica, California by a musical family. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, where he met other future members of Kneebody. After graduation, he returned to Los Angeles, where he freelanced and performed the first shows with Kneebody. Since then, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. As a leader, he has released albums on Sunnyside Records, and has appeared on many others. He composes for film and won an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award as well a New Works grant from Chamber Music America. As a producer, he worked with Kent Nagano to produce concerts for the Festpeil Plus in Munich, Germany, and produces a new performing arts series at The Edye in Santa Monica, California. He was an adjunct professor of jazz at the University of Southern California.

As leader

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  • 2009: Simple Song (Sunnyside)
  • 2012: Frame (Sunnyside)
  • 2016: What We Bring (Motema Music)

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    With ACT - Ben Wendel, Harish Raghavan & Nate Wood

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  • ACT (2009)
  • ACT II (2015)

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    With Kneebody

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  • Kneebody (2005)
  • Low Electrical Worker (2007)
  • Kneebody Live: Volume One' (2007)
  • Twelve Songs By Charles Ives (2009) (With Theo Bleckmann)
  • Kneebody Live: Volume Two: Live in Italy (2009)
  • You Can Have Your Moment (2010)
  • Kneebody Live: Volume Three: Live in Paris (2011)
  • The Line (2013)
  • Anti-Hero (2017)
  • Collaboration with Dan Tepfer

  • Small Constructions (2013)
  • As sideman

    With Gerald Clayton

  • Tributary Tales (2017)
  • With Linda May Han Oh

  • Walk Against Wind (2017)
  • Sun Pictures (2013)
  • With Matt Brewer

  • Unspoken (2016)
  • With David Cook

  • Scenic Design (2015)
  • With Guilheim Flousat

  • Portraits (2015)
  • With Phil Donkin

  • The Gate (2015)
  • With Roman Pilon

  • The Magic Eye (2015)
  • With Phil Dizak

  • Single Soul (2013)
  • With Moonchild

  • Be Free (2012)
  • With Todd Sickafoose

  • Tiny Resistors (2008)
  • Blood Orange (2005)
  • With Tigran Hamasyan

  • World Passion (2006)
  • Arrata Rebirth (2009)
  • Shadow Theater (2013)
  • With Taylor Eigsti

  • Lucky To Be Me (2006)
  • Let It Come To You (2008)
  • With Otmaro Ruiz

  • Sojourn (2008)
  • With Tony Scott

  • A Jazz Life (2007)
  • With Daedelus

  • Spacesettings (2002)
  • Meanwhile... (2003)
  • Live Airplane Food (2003)
  • Invention (2003)
  • Tigerbeats 6 Inc. (2003)
  • Adventure Time (2003)
  • With Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra

  • Live at the North Beach Jazz Festival (2002)
  • Unfinished Symphony (2004)
  • Dakah Live @ Grand Performances (2004)
  • With Adam Rudolph

  • Go: Organic Orchestra: 1 (2002)
  • Go: Organic Orchestra: Web Of Light (2002)
  • With Good Charlotte

  • Good Morning Revival (2007)
  • With Marco Antonio Solis

  • Trozos de Mi Alma (2002)
  • With Michael Whittaker

  • Modern World (2006)
  • With Atlantiquity

  • Kleeer (2005)
  • With Jason Mraz

  • Waiting for My Rocket to Come (2002)
  • With Austin Peralta

  • Endless Planets (2011)
  • References

    Ben Wendel Wikipedia


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