Since moving to New York City in 1999, woodwind performer and saxophonist Ben Kono has been attracting attention as a singular emerging voice in cutting-edge groups like Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. With the release of his debut recording CROSSING on Nineteen-Eight Records, he has come into his own light as a leader and composer of note. Equally skilled on oboe, english horn, flutes, clarinets and saxophones, his wide range of skills and prowess as an improviser quickly garnered high demand as a sideman. He has performed and recorded with, among many others, Michael Brecker, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Toots Thielemans, Michel LeGrand, Tim Garland, Joe Locke and David Taylor; with superstars Patti Austin, Deborah Gibson, Hugh Jackman and Liza Minelli.
See the Ben Kono Group feat Ben Kono: woodwinds/composition, Pete McCann: guitar, Mike Holober: piano, Jared Schonig: drums, Matt Clohesy: bass, Sara Caswell: violin, Meg Okura: violin, Lois Martin: viola, and Jody Redhage Ferber: cello at the Jazz Forum!
This performance was made possible by the 2018 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.