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Artist Spotlight: Ben Wendel

A saxophonist, bassoonist, pianist, and composer for all seasons

Ben Wendel

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer. Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and Prince. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody, currently signed with Concord Records and Brainfeeder Music.

His critically acclaimed music video project The Seasons, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s works of the same name, was released throughout 2015 and included guests such as Joshua Redman, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Julian Lage, Ambrose Akinmusire and more. It was listed as one of the best releases of 2015 by the NY Times. In 2018, Wendel revamped, recorded and released The Seasons as an album. Read the JazzTimes review here. 

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