Benjamin Boone

Benjamin Boone

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Fresno

An album of unmistakable importance–one could say of historic importance.
—UK Vibe Magazine

Updated: December 31, 2020

Born: October 19, 1963

Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s 2018/2019 Origin Records “Poetry of Jazz” releases, collaborations with the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Philip Levine, were recognized as milestone poetry/music projects. Voted the #3 “Best Album of 2018” in DownBeat Magazine’s 83rd annual Readers Poll (just behind Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis), praised in leading musical and literary publications, and featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The Poetry of Jazz established Boone as one of the most compelling voices among contemporary artists exploring the intersections between poetry and music.

He builds upon this foundation on his 2020 Origin Records album, The Poets Are Gathering, encompasses nearly a dozen writers exploring themes that thrum with the urgency of a protest march. The poetry addresses ripped-from- the-front-page topics such as police murder, racism, immigration, poverty, inequity, and mass shootings. As Gene Seymour writes in his extensive liner notes, “There are incantations and supplications to be found here. Also: elegies and headlines, howls and mantras, reveries and outbursts. They instruct and affirm.”  

Poets include Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize), Patricia Smith (LA Times Book Award/National Slam Poetry Champion), Juan Felipe Herrera (U.S. Poet Laureate), and Edward Hirsch (MacArthur)—intertwining their work with that of 20 musicians, including pianist Kenny Werner, guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Corcoran Holt, and drummer Ari Hoenig.

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“An album of unmistakable importance – one could say of historic importance.” ~ UK Vibe Magazine, 5/5 review, April 21, 2018.

“The composition seems so natural…Poetry and jazz have long been great partners, but ‘The Poetry of Jazz’ offers a fresher take…one not to be missed.” ~ The Paris Review, “Editor’s Pick,” March 23, 2018.

“A terrific record– the best of its sort mixing poetry and jazz.” ~ NPR’s Tom Vitale.

“You hold in your hands jazz history. This is a CD that must be heard!” ~ Donald Brown, jazz pianist/producer.

“The Poetry of Jazz (Origin)—demonstrates how well carefully crafted language and improvised music complement each other.” ~ New York City Jazz Record, August 2018.

“And it is Boone’s wit — as well as Levine’s — that lights up “Gin,” whose bebop melody is shared by saxophone and voice

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

I give masterclasses in composition, improvisation and performance.

John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Lyle Mays
Pat Metheny
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Chris Potter
saxophone, soprano



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Against Silence

From: The Poets Are Gathering
By Benjamin Boone

The Intricacies of Alice

From: Joy
By Benjamin Boone