School of Music Visiting Artist
Ben Wendel, a Grammy-nominated saxophonist originally from Canada and now based in Brooklyn, NY, has built a versatile career as a performer, composer, and producer. His collaborations include notable artists like Snoop Dogg and Prince, and he's a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody. He has curated diverse performance series and spearheaded initiatives to bolster Jazz and Blues in Los Angeles, earning recognition and support from luminaries like Quincy Jones and Herb Alpert. Wendel's commitment to education is evident through over 300 masterclasses and involvement with programs like the LA Philharmonic Artist Program and his work as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at USC and the New School in NYC.