Swing & Jazz available for hire, based in Victoria
Ben Winkelman studied at the Victorian College of the Arts with Paul Grabowsky and Mickey Tucker, and in New York with Sam Yahel, Harold Mabern and George Cables. He has released two CDs with his trio on the Jazzhead label, both to rave reviews; the firrst was nominated for a Bell award. The trio toured all of Australia in 2006 and 2007, played some of the major national jazz festivals, and was featured on ABC TV’s Sunday Arts program. Ben was a semi-finalist in the 2006 National Jazz Awards.
"Just when we thought everything possible with jazz piano trios had been done, this Melbourne trio's debut album forces a rethink."The Australian
"Splendid. Winkelman's 14 joyous originals embody the exhilaration of music making and not a hint of fat... here we come a little closer to the divine."The Age EG
"In the era of the postmodern piano trio, Winkelman’s already claimed his place at the table."Cadence, USA