Ben Monder

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Ben Monder
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Ben Monder, Le Moulin à Jazz (France) 2011
Background information
Born (1962-05-24) May 24, 1962 (age 54)
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Electric guitar
Years active 1992–present
Notable instruments
Ibanez AS-50[1]

Ben Monder is an American modern jazz guitarist and composer. In addition to having released solo albums he has played as a sideman on more than a hundred albums. Critics have found the style of Monder's solo albums difficult to describe, though they praise his creative genius.[1]


Monder attended the University of Miami. He has worked with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Konitz, Toots Thielmans, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider and David Bowie.[2]

In 1995 he recorded his debut album, Flux, featuring drummer Jim Black and bassist Drew Gress.[3] A 2001 recording (an improvisation recorded in a single day) with saxophone player Bill McHenry, Bloom, wasn't released until 2010. In between, he released a genre-bending solo album, Oceana (2005), and an album with pianist Chris Gistrin and drummer Dylan van der Schyff, The Distance (2006). In 2007, he recorded At Night with singer and electronic musician Theo Bleckmann and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Ben Monder played guitar on Bowie's final studio album, Blackstar, released two days before Bowie's death in 2016.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Cleveland, Barry (December 2010). "Ben Monder". Vintage Guitar. pp. 60–63. 
  2. ^ Adler, David. "Ben Monder: Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  3. ^ Loewy, Steve. "Flux: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 

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