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Goldberg, Ben

Goldberg, Ben, clarinet; b. Sycamore, IL, 8 August 1959. He grew up in Denver, Colorado.  He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1985 and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College in 1997.  He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.

Currently Ben lives in Oakland, California with his wife Kathie Jacobson and their two sons Ethan (ca. 1991), and Reuben (ca. 1995).  Aside from the projects detailed in the discography below, he leads Ben Goldberg's Brainchild, a large group performing his spontaneous compositions, and plays in the Graham Connah group.

Recordings:
New Klezmer Trio: Marks and Faces (1991), Melt Zonk Rewire (1995); The Relative Value of Things (1993); Klezmer New York 1993 (1994); Wavelength Infinity: A Sun Ra Tribute (1995); Junk Genius (1995); Snorkel Live at the Elbo Room (1996); Light at the Crossroads (with Marty Ehrlich) (1997); What Comes Before (1998); 8 Phrases for Jefferson Rubin (1998); Here by Now (1998); Twelve Minor (1998)
As sideperson:
 Charlie Hunter Trio: Bing, Bing, Bing (1995); Allen Lowe, Roswell Rudd: Wozzeck's Death (1995); Graham Connah: Snaps Erupt at Pure Spans (1995), My God Has Fleas (1996); Lisle Ellis: What We Live Fo(u)r (1996)

Honors, Awards:
1996 Jazz Performance Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
1993 Jazz Performance Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
1992 Jazz Study Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
1992 Puffin Foundation grant to present a concert series in the Oakland schools

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