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Ben Wendel

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Ben Wendel

Grammy nominated performer, composer and producer Ben Wendel was educated at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Since graduating he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer, producer and most recently, conductor. Highlights 
include multiple domestic and international tours with such artists as Cuban drumming legend Ignacio Berroa, Thelonious Monk Piano Competition Winner Tigran Hamasyan and Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody.

In addition to playing saxophone and bassoon, Ben also doubles on the piano.

 As a composer he has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award, was a winner in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition and received the 2008 and 2011 Chamber Music America “New Works Grant.” A frequent writer of film music, he co-wrote the score for John Krasinski’s 2009 adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.”...
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Awards:

Chamber Music America "New Works Grant" 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition Winner 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Winner 2005
AS LEADER: -Simple Song (Sunnyside Records, 2009) AS SIDEMAN: Kneebody (kneebody.com) -Low Electrical Worker -Kneebody -Wendel -2nd Guess -Live Fall Tour 2003 Sampler -Kneebody Live: Volume One -Kneebody Live in Italy Todd Sickafoose(toddsickafoose.com) -Blood Orange -Tiny Resistors Tigran Hamasyan (tigranhamasyan.am) -World Passion -Arrata Rebirth Taylor Eigsti (tayjazz.com) -Lucky To Be Me -Let It Come To You Otmaro Ruiz (otmaroruiz.com) -Sojourn Tony Scott (www.kindofbluerecords.com) -A Jazz Life Daedelus (daedelusdarling.com) -Meanwhile... -Live Airplane Food -Invention -Tigerbeats 6 Inc. -Adventure Time -Spacesettings Dakah (hiphoporchestra.com) -Unfinished Symphony -Dakah Live @ Grand Perfomances -Scion Sampler -Dakah Live @ The North Beach Jazz Festival Adam Rudolph (metarecords.com/go.html) -Go: Organic Orchestra: 1 -Web Of Light Good Charlotte (Epic Records) -Good Morning Revival Marco Antonio Solis (Fonovisa Inc.) -Trozos de Mi Alma Michael Whittaker (michaelwhittaker.net) -Modern World Dispenza (cdbaby.com/dispenza) -Four Songs Atlantiquity (rhino.com) -Kleeer Jason Mraz (jasonmraz.com) -Waiting For My Rocket To Come Dan Mackenzie (danielmackenzie.com) -A Complete Unknown -The Eternal Optimist Keven Brennan (fboo.com) -God Is A Mighty Gourd Jacqueline Fuentes (jacquelinefuentes.com) -Diez Sonetos De Amor Rhythm Room All Stars (rhythmroomallstars.com) -Rhythm Room EP

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