BIOGRAPHY

Ben Jansson

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Jazz Saxophonist Ben Jansson has been living in Japan for the past four years.

He has played jazz festivals in Japan and USA, club dates, concerts from Sapporo to Okinawa. 

He is the leader of the Ben Jansson Quartet and Sextet. Both ensembles recently recorded albums (CDs number 5 and 6 from Ben Jansson Music).The Ben Jansson Quartet- "Live at D-Bop"(Sapporo, Japan, 2016) and the newest CD, "Ben Jansson Sextet LIVE at Jamusica" (Sapporo, Japan, 2017). This latest album will be released in spring 2018. Jansson is also the creator and leader of the "Folk Music-Jazz Project". This is a unique combination of String Quartet and Jazz Quartet.  Elements of American and Japanese Folk Music traditions combined with a Classical music and Jazz improvisation. A release from this ensemble is scheduled for summer 2018. In addition to playing extensively, Jansson teaches music privately and directs the "Sapporo Jazz Workshop" an ensemble devoted to the study of Jazz improvisation.

In Michigan, Ben has played gigs with bassist Paul Keller's Ensemble, PKO Big band, Randy Napoleon Sextet, John Shea Trio, Pete Siers “Organic Roots” band, Sean Dobbins, Johnny Trudell and his Orchestra. As well Jansson has played gigs backing up Aretha Franklin, Freddy Cole, Johnny Mathis, Red Holloway. He has appeared on 3 CD recordings with bassist Paul Keller (PKO records), 1 with drummer Pete Siers, 1 with Guitarist Randy Napoleon, and 2 with the “Masters of Music” big band, one featuring Peter Erskine and the music of Stan Kenton. He has four CDs out as a band leader (available CD Baby, iTunes and at th gig!)  and coming soon a new book for(K-12) Music teachers (publishing  date Fall 2018) entitled "The Riff Method"...(an approach to learning Jazz improvisation through motivic ideas, counterpoint and ensemble playing).

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