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About

Saxophonist and educator Ben Flocks captivates audiences around the world with his soulful sound. Born in Santa Cruz, California and residing in Brooklyn, Ben leads his own group and plays as a sideman in a variety of musical settings.

Currently a member of the smash-hit ensemble Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Ben and the band have received acclaim for their joyous, entertaining blend of music and theater. Ben has led his band at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and has had the honor to perform with Joshua Redman’s Trio, with Dave Brubeck as a Brubeck Institute Fellow and with Antonio Sanchez and Migration.

Ben holds a bachelors degree from the New School in New York and serves on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and at the Calhoun School. He leads workshops in schools around the country through Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s educational programs, teaching all ages through interactive concerts tracing the history of jazz.

Ben proudly plays Borgani Saxophones.

 
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Ben started teaching music while still in high school, and he shares a passion for both performing and educating.

While attending the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program, Ben gave lessons and taught master classes to students around the country.

Thereafter, he completed a highly selective two-year mentorship at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2011. Ben now is a member of the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and during the school year works with his former teacher Victor Lin at the Calhoun School in New York City.

Ben also leads a group through Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” programs, performing interactive concerts and workshops throughout New York City schools.

If you’re interested in studying with Ben, he offers private lessons for saxophonists, and workshops for small and large ensembles. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Contact Ben for information, scheduling, and rates.

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