Ben Wendel: Outstanding saxophonist of the post-bop, new jazz and fusion jazz scene with his own signature.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel is an extraordinary saxophonist who throws himself into everything that can become jazz. He is a founding member of the band Kneebody, whose sound moves virtuously between electro, pop, punk, rock, hip hop and jazz, and can already look back on a varied career as a jazz musician, composer, conductor and producer. He is known for his harmonically sophisticated, motivic-based style of improvisation and broad compositional style touching upon post-bop, classical, and post-rock influences
Ben Wendel has been leading his own bands for years and is involved in numerous collaborations. Performances and recordings with artists such as Tigran Hamasyan, Moonchild, Louis Cole, Daedelus, Snoop Dogg and Prince are certainly among the highlights for the current Brooklyn-based Canadian native.
An excellent soloist, he also has a talent for writing and has been rewarded for it with several composition prizes. Thanks to his compositional handwriting, he always succeeds in bundling his eclectic interests on albums. Ben has five solo albums under his belt, Simple Song (2009), Frame (2012), a duo project with French-American pianist Dan Tepfer entitled Small Constructions (2013), What We Bring (2016) The Seasons (2018), and High Heart (2020).
Wendel worked with conductor Kent Nagano in producing concerts for Festspiel Plus in Munich, Germany, and was director of the Jazz and Blues Initiative of Santa Monica, California. Wendell has also taught jazz at USC and the New School in New York City.