Ben Monder

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Ben Monder
Ben Monder, Le Moulin à Jazz (France) 2011
Ben Monder, Le Moulin à Jazz (France) 2011
Background information
Born (1962-05-24) May 24, 1962 (age 58)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1992–present
LabelsArabesque, Sunnyside

Ben Monder (born May 24, 1962) is an American modern jazz guitarist.


Monder started playing guitar when he was eleven, after two years on violin. From 1979–84, he attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music, the University of Miami, and Queens College. One of his early jobs was in 1986 when he performed with Jack McDuff.[1]

In 1995 he recorded his debut album, Flux, featuring drummer Jim Black and bassist Drew Gress.[2] Bloom, a 2001 recording (an improvisation recorded in a single day) with saxophone player Bill McHenry, wasn't released until 2010. In between, he released Oceana (2005), a genre-bending solo album, and The Distance (2006), an album with pianist Chris Gestrin and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. In 2007, he recorded At Night with singer and electronic musician Theo Bleckmann and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Monder played guitar on Bowie's final studio album, Blackstar (2016).

He has worked with Lee Konitz, David Bowie, Paul Motian,[3] Chris Cheek, Tim Berne, David Binney, Theo Bleckmann, George Garzone, Jon Gordon, Julie Hardy, John Hollenbeck, Marc Johnson, Frank Kimbrough, Guillermo Klein, Dave Liebman, Michael Leonhart, Rebecca Martin, Donny McCaslin, Bill McHenry, Charles Pillow, Tim Ries, Pete Robbins, Josh Roseman, Maria Schneider, Kendra Shank, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Wheeler, Dan Willis, Miguel Zenón, and Patrick Zimmerli.[1]

From 2002–2005, he taught at the New England Conservatory.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Flux (Songlines, 1995)
  • Dust (Arabesque, 1997)
  • Excavation (Arabesque, 2000)
  • Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005)
  • Bloom with Bill McHenry (Sunnyside, 2010)
  • Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013)
  • Amorphae (ECM, 2016)
  • Day After Day (Sunnyside, 2019)

As sideman[edit]

With Theo Bleckmann

  • No Boat (Songlines, 1997)
  • At Night (Songlines, 2007)
  • Elegy (ECM, 2017)

With Guillermo Klein

  • Los Guachos II (Sunnyside, 1999)
  • Los Guachos III (Sunnyside, 2002)
  • Carrera (Sunnyside, 2012)
  • Los Guachos V (Sunnyside, 2016)

With Donny McCaslin

  • Seen from Above (Arabesque, 2000)
  • Soar (Sunnyside, 2006)
  • In Pursuit (Sunnyside, 2007)
  • Declaration (Sunnyside, 2009)
  • Blow (Motema, 2018)

With Bill McHenry

  • Rest Stop (Fresh Sound, 1998)
  • Graphic (Fresh Sound, 1999)
  • Featuring Paul Motian (Fresh Sound, 2003)
  • Roses (Sunnyside, 2007)
  • Ghosts of the Sun (Sunnyside, 2011)

With Paul Motian

  • Europe (Winter & Winter, 2001)
  • Holiday for Strings (Winter & Winter, 2002)
  • Garden of Eden (ECM, 2006)

With Noah Preminger

  • Dry Bridge Road (Nowt, 2008)
  • Haymaker (Palmetto, 2013)
  • Some Other Time (Newvelle, 2016)

With Maria Schneider

  • Evanescence (Enja, 1994)
  • Coming About (Enja, 1996)
  • Allegresse (ArtistShare, 2000)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (ArtistShare, 2000)
  • Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004)
  • Sky Blue (ArtistShare, 2007)

With Patrick Zimmerli

  • Explosion (Songlines, 1997)
  • Expansion (Songlines, 2000)
  • The Book of Hours (Songlines, 2002)

With others


  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Loewy, Steve. "Flux: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Adler, David. "Ben Monder: Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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