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Benjamin Crandall - Saxophone


A Yellow Springs, Ohio native, Crandall picked up the saxophone at the age of 10.  Throughout high school he performed in local street festivals, cut his teeth in the Dayton jam-session at Jazz Central, and spent his Summers as a student at Friends Music Camp (FMC) in Barnesville, OH.


After high school, he continued his music education at Central State University and University of Cincinnatiís College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and returned to FMC as an instructor, teaching saxophone, jazz improvisation, and music theory.  He graduated from CCM in 2000 with a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance. 


Crandall has lived in Washington, DC, since November 2000, where he has played jazz, reggae, hip hop, funk, and gospel gigs in a variety of settings and venues, including churches, street corners, night clubs, private parties, and weddings.  Crandall joined JohnStone in the Spring of 2005, adding harmonic counter lines and fiery jazz-inspired solos.


Over the years, Crandall has had a number of saxophone teachers including Tucki Bailey, Randy Hall, Martha Hyde, Dr. William Denza, and Rick VanMatre.  His musical influences include John Coltrane, Brandford Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, The Roots, Roy Hargrove, and Joni Mitchell.


When he is not performing with JohnStone, Crandall is working to establish a democratic, class-conscious economy with the internet project  He also teaches and studies traditional Yang family Taijiquan at Great River Taoist Center in Washington, DC.

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