ben wendel

A wide-open sensibility, about as tuned to Bach and Björk as Monk and Shorter
— New York Times

Ben Wendel is a Canadian-American jazz saxophonist, composer, bassoonist, and pianist. He is best known for being a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody. He has also performed as a leader or sideman with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Ignacio Berroa, Daedelus, Taylor Eigsti, and Tigran Hamasyan.

Ben was born in Vancouver, Canada, and raised in Santa Monica, California by a musical family. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, where he met other future members of Kneebody. After graduation, he returned to Los Angeles, where he freelanced and performed the first shows with Kneebody. Since then, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. As a leader, he has released albums on Sunnyside Records, and has appeared on many others. He composes for film and won an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award as well a New Works grant from Chamber Music America. As a producer, he worked with Kent Nagano to produce concerts for the Festpeil Plus in Munich, Germany, and produces a new performing arts series at The Edye in Santa Monica, California. He was an adjunct professor of jazz at the University of Southern California.