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Grammy-Nominated Kneebody Performing Free Jazz Concert at CCC


Kneebody will bring its eclectic style and progressive fusion of jazz, electro-pop, hip-hop, punk rock and classical music back to Camden County College when the Grammy-nominated group performs a lunchtime concert from noon to 2 p.m. April 16. The show is free and open to the public.


The concert will be in Civic Hall of the Connector Building on the College’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

Kneebody previously performed and led technique workshops at CCC. Its return will allow concert attendees to experience its improvisational style – which features overdubbing and frequent changes in direction – and its thoroughly current interpretation of a longtime favorite musical genre.


The Los Angeles-based quintet consists of Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Ben Wendal on tenor sax, Kaveh Rastegar on bass and Nate Wood on drums. Benjamin, Endsley, Wendal and Rastegar met while students at the Eastman School of Music, and Benjamin met Wood later at the California Institute for the Arts. Kneebody was formed in 2001.


The band released a self-titled debut album in 2005 and followed that with another studio album and a live album in 2007. For its 2009 release, “Twelve Songs by Charles Ives,” the group worked with respected vocalist and musician Theo Bleckmann to arrange and interpret songs by the American modernist composer who died in 1954. That album received a Grammy nomination. The band has released another studio album and two more live albums since then.


When not recording or performing, members of Kneebody have taught classes for the Banff Centre, Search & Restore and the Manhattan Music Project. They also have run clinics at high schools and colleges throughout the United States.


For further information about the free concert at CCC, contact Professor Michael Billingsley at (856) 227-7200 ext. 4563, or

Published: April 13, 2012