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Book a Lesson with Benje Daneman
New York City based trumpeter, Benje Daneman, was inspired at a young age by the stories of songwriters of all genres from folk to rock to pop. After falling in love with the world of jazz as a teen, it began to become very clear that his initial musical upbringing had merged with his newfound passion – setting the stage for a deep desire and pursuit to create clear stories and emotions through his music as a performer and composer.
A sought-after musician for his personal approach, strong musicality and versatility, Benje has toured with Doc Severinsen, performed with the world renowned Jose Limon Dance Ensemble, and recorded for the Grammy nominated album "Elevation" (HMI Big Band). He has recently headlined with his groups at some of the best jazz clubs and festivals in the nation, including Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, MN), Cezanne (Houston, TX) and FONT Festival (New York, NY). Additionally, Benje works regularly as a sideman in multiple unique settings in New York City and all across the country.
Benje’s unique and personal voice can be heard through his compositions and arrangements. He has been named as an artist in residence in 2015 for Spark and Echo Arts. Additionally, he has been commissioned to compose and arrange for the United States Air Force Band (in Europe), Dr. Steve Zegree, Spark and Echo Arts, Centerpoint Church and Lutheran Music Missions. His 2013 EP release Estelle’s Farewell Gift features all original compositions featuring Jeremy Siskind, Ashley Daneman and Andrew Rathbun has been described as “Simple songs that open doors to complex reactions” (David Sumner, Bird Is The Worm).
Mentoring the next generation of musicians is another one of Benje’s passions. A Teaching Artist for the NY Pops, he has led clinics and workshops throughout the country at such institutions as McNally Smith College, Western Michigan University, Concordia University and for the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association. He is also the co-director of the Kalamazoo Jazz & Creative Institute, which has a mission to cultivate musicianship, artistic vision and creative entrepreneurship to all levels of creative musicians. Benje has attended and holds degrees from Western Michigan University, The Henry Mancini Institute (Los Angeles, CA), and Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY). Benje lives in New York City with his wife, jazz singer-songwriter, Ashley Daneman and daughters, Rivi and Elise.
I'm a professional trumpet performer and educator in New York City. I have degrees from Manhattan School of Music (Jazz Trumpet) and Western Michigan University (Music Education). I have well over 10 years of teaching private instruction to all ages and levels of students and have loved every minute of it. Bringing the student to the next step in their music journey is always an extremely inspirational process for me.
I am a NY Pops Teaching Artist here in NYC and have taught clinics and masterclasses all across the country and have even co-directed a summer jazz workshop in Michigan. I am available not only for in person lessons, but also Skype. Please get a hold of me for any questions you might have, but I do look forward to hearing from you, where ever you might be on your musical journey.
Here are some career highlights as a performer:
FONT Music Festival (NYC) @ IBeam Brooklyn - Bandleader/Performer
Spark & Echo Arts (NYC) - Artist in Residence, Commissioned Artist, Curator
United States Air Force Band (Ramstein, GR) - Commissioned Arranger
Jose Limon Dance Company (NYC) - Performer
"Elevation" (Concord Records - GRAMMY Nominated) - Performer
Doc Severinsen Big Band - National Tour
National Trumpet Competition - Jazz Finalist
Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra - Jazz Soloist
Eyes & Ears Music Series (Chicago, IL) - Bandleader/Performer
Some Venues Performed: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Zinc Bar, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Caffe Vivaldi, IBeam Brooklyn, ShapeShifter Lab, Iridium Jazz Club (NYC), Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, MN), Cezanne (Houston, TX), Scat Jazz Lounge (Ft. Worth, TX), Elephant Room (Austin, TX), Ebeneezers (Washington DC), Lilly Pad (Boston, MA), Jerry's Sandwiches (Chicago, IL)
Here are some career highlights as an educator:
NY Pops - Teaching Artist (I.S. 303; New York City)
JAZZSTART Jazz Workshop - Co-Director, Instructor (Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI)
Lake Michigan College - Jazz Band Director, Trumpet Instructor (Benton Harbor, MI)
NYC Dept of Ed - Elementary Group Trumpet Instructor (PS 290; New York City)
Loy Norrix High School - Jazz Band Instructor (Kalamazoo, MI)
Concordia University (Seward, NE)
North Harford High School (Pylesville, PA)
Forest Hills Central High School (Grand Rapids, MI)
Alvin High School (Houston, TX)
Downers Grove South High School (Chicago, IL)
McNally Smith College (St. Paul, MN)