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Ben Winkelman

Ben Winkelman is an award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Melbourne, Australia. Since late 2010 he has been living in New York City, where he is active on the jazz, Latin and gospel music scenes.

2005 Ben has released three critically acclaimed albums of his compositions with his trio on the Jazzhead label. Between 2006 and 2010 his trio toured Australia extensively four times and appeared at many of the major national jazz and music festivals. In 2008 his trio toured to Japan and New Caledonia and appeared on Australian national television on ABC TV in 2006 and 2010. Ben is releasing his fourth trio CD on OA2 Records in September 2015.

Ben has received an award and a number of grants and award nominations. In 2007 his second trio album “The Spanish Tinge” won the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Release. In 2006 his first trio album “Stomps, Pieces & Variations” was nominated for the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Classic Jazz Album. In 2010 his third trio album “Odysseys” was nominated for the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Release. His work has been supported by grants from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria, the Contemporary Music Touring Program, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the Australian Cultural Fund and the PPCA. He was a semi-finalist in the 2006 Wangaratta National Jazz Awards and was shortlisted for an APRA Professional Development Award in 2006 and 2009.

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Odysseys (2010)

4.5 stars “For seventy absorbing minutes, the trio captures the ear, providing thrilling evidence of a stellar contemporary trio to rank among the best... Odysseys succeeds on every level... and this fine trio statement whets the appetite for what lies ahead.” - allaboutjazz.com (USA), 2011

“Winkelman opts for all originals for Odysseys, mostly impressive, quirky and a tad wild - even if carefully structured. They seem true musical adventures, even if the studio setting spotlights them as stark studies of contemplation.” - NYC Jazz Record (USA), 2011

“This music effortlessly accomplishes the difficult balance between the cerebral and the visceral

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Apr4Thu
Ben Winkelman
Twins Jazz
Washington, DC
Apr4Thu
Ben Winkelman
Twins Jazz
Washington, DC
Apr16Tue
Ben Winkelman Trio
Bop Stop
Cleveland, OH
$15
Apr24Wed
Ben Winkelman Trio
@exuberance
Philadelphia, PA
$30

Discography

The Knife

The Knife

OA2 Records
2015

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Odysseys

Odysseys

Jazzhead (Australia)
2010

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The Spanish Tinge

The Spanish Tinge

Jazzhead (Australia)
2007

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Stomps, Pieces & Variations

Stomps, Pieces &...

Jazzhead (Australia)
2005

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