Ben Winkelman Trio

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‘Pianist Ben Winkelman’s fifth album is … so innovative, and played with such power, that the listener is left open-mouthed.’ The Australian

Stellar contemporary jazz outfit Ben Winkelman Trio performs inventive and surprising numbers off the back of its latest release, Balance. Praised as a ‘thing of beauty’ (Downbeat), Winkelman’s music explores diverse interests filtered through a jazz perspective, from Afro-Cuban to gospel and classical music, with a focus on Latin rhythms.

Based in New York, Winkelman 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 also nominated for AIR Independent Music Awards. He was a finalist in the National Jazz Awards, and has toured in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

‘Balance walks a fascinating line between breezy cool and wicked-sharp smarts. Winkelman does indeed nail the theme of balance here: between exotic and familiar, sharp and playful, simple and multi-shaded. This whirlwind of a tour has enough life to encompass them all.’ All About Jazz (U.S.A.)

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ben Winkelman


Ben Winkelman piano
Ben Vanderwal drums
Sam Anning bass