Jazz Concerts and Shows

Ben Wendel Seasons Band
Thu, Dec 6 ~ Sun, Dec 9

1272-0200 300dpi
Four nights at the Jazz Standard, NYC
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Ben Wendel – saxophones
Taylor Eigsti – piano
Gilad Hekselman – guitar
Joe Sanders – bass
Mark Guiliana – drums

Ben Wendel: “I fell in love with a set of 12 piano pieces written by Tchaikovsky called ‘The Seasons’ – each piece was written for a different month in 1876 and at the time published in a music magazine. Inspired by this idea, I decided to compose a 12–part cycle of chamber duos dedicated to some of my favorite musicians.” Wendel published his new recordings on video, and they formed the repertoire of a new Motema Music CD, The Seasons (released 10/12). “The duos are compositionally (and personally) related to the selected guests and their unique artistry. Each musician I have chosen has had a direct influ­ence on my playing and has been a creative inspiration. Whether it is the rhythmic nuance of a drummer or the intervallic approach of a saxophonist, I’ve sought to match the composition to the selected artist’s voice as I envision it.” (B.W.)