Ben Wendel Group Featuring Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, And Henr

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GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada, and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, New York, 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 Sánchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg, and Prince. Wendel is also a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated group Kneebody.

As a composer, Wendel received the Young Jazz Composer Award in 2002 from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Chamber Music America’s New Works grant in 2008 and 2011. He was awarded the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2013. He also cowrote the score for John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

Working with conductor Kent Nagano, Wendel helped produce a series of concerts for the Festspiel Plus in Munich, Germany. From 2008 to 2015, he produced a multi-genre performance series as head of the jazz and blues initiative at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California. His recent work as producer includes the GRAMMY-nominated album Life Forum by pianist Gerald Clayton.

Wendel is a recording artist with Sunnyside Records, Motema Music, Concord Records, and Brainfeeder, with two solo albums under his belt, Simple Song (2009) and Frame (2012), a duo project with French American pianist Dan Tepfer entitled Small Constructions (2013), and multiple Kneebody albums. His music video project, The Seasons, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s works of the same name, was released in 2015 and has included guest musicians such as Joshua Redman, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Julian Lage, and more. A third solo album will be released this year under the Motema Music label.
A former adjunct professor of jazz studies at the University of Southern California, Wendel currently teaches at the New School in New York City. Educational outreach has been a constant in his career, with over 250 master classes at various colleges, universities, and high schools and also previous work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Artist’s Program.

“Perhaps the best and most well-known saxophonist consistently active on both coasts.”—LA Weekly

“A striking and distinctive player busting with ideas.”—Ottawa Citizen
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