Award-winning jazz pianist and composer Ben Winkelman will be embarking on an extensive spring tour which will take him to Stony Brook NY, Washington DC, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland OH, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Winkelman’s Philadelphia show will feature bass player Desmond White and drummer Obed Calvaire and  the remaining dates will feature bass player Pablo Menares and drummer Felix Lacaros.  Winkelman will kick off this series of performances with a show at The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, New York on Friday March 29th.  The Jazz Loft is a performance and museum space dedicated to the preservation of the jazz artform.  On March 29th, the trio will take the stage at 7:00pm. Tickets start at $15 and are available here.  Next, the trio takes to Washington DC for an engagement at Twins Jazz on Tuesday April 4th.  The show will start at 8pm, tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here.

Winkelman will bring his trio to Canada on April 10th and 11th, he will perform at Upstairs Jazz in Montreal on the 10th, and The Rex in Vancouver on the 11th.  More information is available for Winkelman’s 8pm performance at Upstairs Jazz here, and for his performance at The Rex here.  After that stint in Canada, Ben will travel to Detroit for a 9pm performance at Cliff Bell’s on April 12th.  Tickets for the performance at Cliff Bell’s are $10, and reservations are available here.  Next, Winkelman will travel to Milwaukee to perform with the trio at The Jazz Estate.  Reservations are available for The Jazz Estate performance here.  

Winkelman’s tour continues in Chicago with an 8pm performance at Fulton Street Collective on Sunday, April 14th.  Tickets are available for this performance here.  Up next, Ben goes to Cleveland for a performance at Bop Stop on April 16th.  Tickets for this event are $15, and are available for purchase here.  On April 24th, the trio will be performing at Exuberance in Philadelphia. More information is available here.  Winkelman returns to New York for a performance at Smalls Jazz Club on April 27th.  Tickets will be on sale here.   After returning to New York, the group will travel to California for two nights at the Black Cat April 30th and May 1st, and an evening at Sam First in Los Angeles on May 2nd.  Tickets will be on sale for the two nights at the Black Cat here, and for the evening at Sam First here.

Ben Winkelman’s Trio tour comes as a celebration of the March 15th release of the artist’s fifth studio album, “Balance.” (OA2 Records) On this album Ben Winkelman filters his diverse musical interests through a jazz perspective: Afro-Cuban, gospel and classical music, with a focus on Latin rhythms in odd meters. The Melbourne-raised, NYC-based musician takes a fresh approach to the piano trio format, with an emphasis on the ensemble. His compositions feature the three musicians, not only as soloists, but as if they were a small orchestra, giving them parts that are integral to the compositions. Through his dynamic musicianship, Winkelman works to establish a balanced representation of himself, his trio and his musical experiences to date.  

Fri. March 29th Stony Brook, NY The Jazz Loft
Thurs. April 4th Washington, DC Twins Jazz
Wed. April 10th Montreal, QC, Canada Jazz Upstairs
Thurs. April 11th Toronto, ON, Canada The Rex
Fri. April 12th Detroit, MI Cliff Bell’s
Sat. April 13th Milwaukee, WI The Jazz Estate
Sun. April 14th Chicago, IL Fulton Street Collective
Tues. April 16th Cleveland, OH Bop Stop
Wed. April 24th Philadelphia, PA Exuberance
Tues. April 30th San Francisco, CA Black Cat
Wed. May 1st San Francisco, CA Black Cat
Thurs. May 2nd Los Angeles, CA Sam First


Tour line-up:

Ben Winkelman – piano

Pablo Menares / Desmond White (NYC & Philadelphia) – bass

Felix Lecaros / Obed Calvaire (NYC & Philadelphia) – drums

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