Ben Britton - Saxophone
Saxophonist Ben Britton is an active performer, composer, educator, and scholar in the U.S. His talents as a musician and composer were first nationally recognized in 2007 when he was selected to participate in a residency at the Kennedy Center as part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Following that, Britton recorded and performed with both world-renowned musicians like Chris Potter and Bobby Sanabria as well as rising stars from the younger generation. His most recent recording as a leader, an EP titled Children at Play, features Philadelphia based musicians and a unique brand of jazz with influences ranging from African music to modern rock. He also performed on the album Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!, which was nominated for best Latin Jazz Album at the 2011 Latin Grammys. In 2012, Britton participated in two national saxophone competitions placing as a finalist in the Detroit Jazz Festival National Saxophone Competition and winning the First Annual Charlie Parker Cutting Contest hosted by NPR's 12th Street Jump. Over the past few years, while completing a DMA at Eastman School of Music, Britton has been featured as a soloist on premiers of compositions by Dave Rivello (protégé of Bob Brookmeyer), George Darrah, and Max Berlin and has performed with fantastic musicians like Scott Colley, Harold Danko, Vic Juris, George Caldwell, Clay Jenkins, Jimmy Greene, Rich Thompson, and others.
As an educator, Britton has held teaching positions at several colleges, where he has taught saxophone, directed jazz ensembles, and taught general music courses. He has written two saxophone method books, A Complete Approach to Sound for the Modern Saxophonist and A Complete Approach to Overtones: Vivid Sound and Extended Range, which have been endorsed by heavy hitting saxophonists Dave Leibman, Ben Wendel, Walt Weiskopf, and Charles Pillow, and Steve Wilson has used the overtone book in teaching the sax seminar at City College of New York. Britton has also written articles published by Saxophone Life Magazine, Vandoren’s Wave Newsletter, Claude Lakey, The Best Saxophone Website Ever, and Britton’s blog, Everything Saxophone, and a recent article was published in the 2016 volume of Engaging Students, a peer-reviewed journal.
Britton’s training consists of a doctorate and bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music, and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with renowned saxophonists Chris Potter, Rich Perry, Steve Wilson, Walt Weiskopf, Charles Pillow, George Garzone, and Chein-Kwan Lin. Currently, Britton resides in Spencerport NY with his wife and seven children.