Raised in Los Angeles, Ben Wendel is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. He performs locally and abroad in multiple groups, works as a studio musician and teaches privately. In addition to playing the saxophone, Ben doubles on the piano, flute and bassoon. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such notable performers as Billy Higgins, Snoop Dogg, Adam Rudolph, Abe Laborial, Phil Woods, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Manny Album, Warren Cuccurullo, Bob Brookmeyer. Blood Sweat and Tears, Nels Cline, Myra Melford and Lalo Schifrin. Recent touring highlights include multiple domestic and European tours with KneeBody and a successful series of clinics and concerts in Caracas, Venezuela with the Otmaro Ruiz Group. Ben recently completed a score for a short film that was later released at the Sundance Film Festival. Ben is a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.
Artists and/or Groups Ben currently plays with…
Kneebody – Dakah – Todd Sickafoose – Otmaro Ruiz – Tigran Hamasyan – Jim Carney – The Rhythm Room All Stars – Daedelus