Ben van den Dungen
Ben van den Dungen has been teaching at Codarts Rotterdam since 1991. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with honours. Afterwards, he received a scholarship for a post-conservatoire education in New York, Cuba, and Colombia. Starting in 2000, Ben studied classical Indian music in Mumbai for a number of years.
Since the eighties, Ben has performed in around 5,000 concerts in 70 countries. He is on around 80 CDs.
Aside from being a professional jazz musician, Ben is commercial and artistic leader of JWA (Jazz & Worldmusic Agency), which initiates, produces, and organises productions. He also organises the International Jazz Summer School Korea (South Korea) and The Bali International Jazz Summer School (Indonesia). Furthermore, he is a music theatre producer for various ensembles and companies.
Ben has played with, among others, Cindy Blackman, Mal Waldron, Art Taylor, Woody Shaw, Jimmy Knepper, Kirk Lightsey, Lester Bowie, Brian Lynch, Ralph Peterson en Jim McNeely. During the concerts with Nueva Manteca and The Cu-Bop City Big Band, he shared the stage with Latin celebrities like Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicky Marrero, Luis Conte, Orestes Vilato, Armando Peraza, Juancito Torres, Edy Martinez, Armando ‘Chocolate’ Armenteros, Bobby Sanabria, Claudio Roditi, Ralph Irizarry, Paquito Rivera, John Bennites, Michel Camilo, Bobby Carcasses, Nelson Faria, Gustavo Bergali, Brian Lynch, Nelson Goncalves, Dave Valentin, Papo Vazquez and Oscarito Valdes.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“Codarts has an active international learning environment. Its musical range is broad. A perfect starting point for your musical career.”
What will you teach them?
“I teach my students to play the saxophone and jazz music in the broadest sense of the word.”
How will you do this?
“I use my own experience, as well as the jazz tradition in general.”
1985 NOS Meervaart Jazzprijs 1987 Nicolai Award