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Benjamin Boone is a saxophonist, composer, and Professor of Music at California State University Fresno. He has served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ghana (2017-18) and a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Republic of Moldova (2005). He grew up in the small textile town of Statesville, North Carolina, the youngest of five sons. “My brothers pursued history, literature, art and biology, so I have always gravitated towards interdisciplinary projects,” he says. “I like to make artistic statements that address culturally relevant topics in a germane manner.”

A respected composer in both new music and jazz circles, his Origin Records release The Poetry of Jazz, a collaboration with the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Philip Levine, was recognized as a milestone poetry/music project immediately upon its release in March 2018. Praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” voted the #3 “Best Album of 2018” in DownBeat Magazine’s annual Readers Poll (just behind Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis), and an Editor’s Pick in The Paris Review, The Poetry of Jazz established Boone as one of the most captivating and compelling voices among contemporary artists exploring the intersections between poetry and music. Just this September, NPR’s Terry Gross referenced Boone and this recording on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

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Album Joy by Benjamin Boone

Joy

Origin Records
2020

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Album The Poetry of Jazz by Benjamin Boone

The Poetry of Jazz

Origin Records
2018

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Album Live with Steve Mitchell by Benjamin Boone

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Self Produced
2010

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The Intricacies of Alice

The Intricacies of Alice

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