Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist visits SCC

Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist visits SCC

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2018) — Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel will play with the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra at The Nash, Wed., Feb. 21, as part of the SCC Music Department’s artist-student collaboration series.

Wendel, who has enjoyed a successful career as a performer, composer and producer, also will participate in a workshop at school’s Music Department earlier that day. The workshop brings him together with students and other musicians from the community.

Wendell’s career includes touring with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the late artist formerly known as Prince. He also is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody.

The improvisation/composition workshop and rehearsal will give students and members of the school’s Jazz Orchestra a chance to interact with Wendel, who was born in Vancouver, raised in Los Angeles and who currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is open to the public.

The SCC Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Eric Rasmussen, director of Instrumental Music in the school’s Music Department. The orchestra offers a unique mix of contemporary big band music as well as jazz big-band favorites. Orchestra members feature both promising young Valley musicians and several of the area’s most seasoned jazz veterans.

The SCC Jazz Orchestra has performed with world-renowned guest artists, including Marshall Gilkes, Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Karrin Allyson, Alan Ferber, Ralph Alessi, JC Sanford, and Miguel Zenón.

if you go

When: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

7:30 p.m.

Where: The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

Admission: $25 for the general public and $15 for students. To order tickets online, visit