Ben Winkelman is a jazz pianist and composer from Melbourne, now living in New York City. His writing explores diverse musical interests filtered through a jazz perspective: Afro-Cuban, gospel and classical music, with a focus on Latin rhythms in odd meters. His music has been described by Downbeat as “one big, interconnected thing of beauty”.
He is touring Australia to celebrate the release of his fifth album Balance. Joining him are long term colleagues Ben Vanderwal on drums and Sam Anning, winner of the 2015 National Jazz Award, on bass. Ben has released five trio albums to wide acclaim: his second, The Spanish Tinge, won the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Release; his first was nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award; and his third and fourth albums were nominated for AIR Awards. His work has been supported by grants from the Australia Council and other arts organizations, and he was a finalist in the Australian National Jazz Awards. He holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY Purchase College, and has toured in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Ben Winkelman - piano / Sam Anning - bass / Ben Vanderwal - drums