Kneebody formed as a band in 2001 and has been touring and recording ever since. The band represents the state of the art in genre-bending postmodern creative music. On stage, the band combines sophisticated instrumental compositions and virtuosic improvising, never failing to astonish even the most discerning ears. Kneebody effortlessly blends seemingly limitless influences (from Hendrix and Aphex Twin to Reich and Ellington) into a cohesive voice at once singular and familiar. For five years running, their incomparable success at combining the depth of jazz, the swagger of hip hop, and the conviction of rock has cultivated a loyal fan base in the U.S. and Europe. As one devotee put it, “If you’re a Kneebody fan, you’re a fanatic.”

By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. In 2005 Kneebody released their debut album “Kneebody” on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music Label. In 2007 they followed up with “Low Electrical Worker” on the Colortone Label. A collection of 13 original songs, “Low Electrical Worker” was hailed by saxophonist Joshua Redman as one of his “favorite albums of 2007”. In the spring of 2009, Kneebody and vocalist Theo Bleckmann released the Grammy Nominated album, “12 Songs of Charles Ives” on the Winter and Winter label.

Adam Benjamin (Fender Rhodes)
Shane Endsley (trumpet/efx)
Kaveh Rastegar (bass)
Ben Wendel (tenor sax/efx)
Nate Wood (drums)

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