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Ben Winkelman is an award winning jazz pianist and composer living in New York. 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.
He is touring Australia to celebrate the release of his fifth album Balance, featuring Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire, on OA2 Records.
Ben has released four 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.