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Ben Bogart - Musician and Teacher

Professional musician living in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. with more than 100 performances each year. Specializing in Jazz Saxophone performance and instruction and Argentine Tango performance on the Bandoneon.

2000-2002 Berklee College of Music in Boston (B.A. Professional Music)
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Dean's List 2001-2003
1997-1999 University of California at Santa Cruz, CA Music Program
1999 Arts Bridge – Scholarship for teaching music in rural schools to students with little or no access to arts education.

Teaching Experience
2006 - Argentine Tango Music clinician at the Argentine Tango Festival in Boston, MA “Tango de los Muertos”
2005 - Learning Connection – Jazz Saxophone and Argentine Tango instructor
2005 - Tango Jam – Leader and organizer of in 5 States on both sides of the US
2003 - 2005 Boston Center for Adult Education – Saxophone Instructor.
2003 - Providence Tango – Music and Dance Instructor
1995 - Private Saxophone Instruction for students from 10 to 60 years old.

Administrative Experience
2003 - Co-Director of Providence Tango
Planning and Execution of Marketing Plan
Web site design, and maintenance, and content development.
Planning of 2 yearly festivals
2004 - Booking agent and General Manager of the musical Groups The Ben Bogart Jazz Collective, Third Nipple, and Ben Bogart y los Gatos Azules.
Assist clients with the booking process from the moment of initial contact to the signing of the agreement.
Book musicians and coordinate transportation for all of the performers

Musical Director of the Following Groups
2006 - Director of the Orquesta Típica for the Argentine Tango festival in Boston, MA
2006 - Ben Bogart y los Gatos Azules (Tango Quintet)
2004 - The Ben Bogart Jazz Collective (Classic Jazz Ensemble)
2003 - Third Nipple (Improvised music Ensemble)

2005 - IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators)
2005 - Americans for the Arts
2005 - Providence Tango Trio – Bandoneón
2005 - 2006 SOS Big Band – First Tenor Saxophone
2004 - The Ben Bogart Jazz Collective – Director and Saxophone
2004 - Pawtucket Arts Collaborative
2003 - Providence Tango – Dance Instructor, Performer, DJ, and Member of the board of directors

Notable Performances
2005, 2006 Berklee College of Music “A Taste of Tango” with Oscar Feldman
2005 Argentine Tango Festival in Boston - Monster Orchestra - 3er Bandoneón
2005 Southern Mass. Arts Festival – SOS Big Band – First Tenor Saxophone
2005 Community Players production of Evita – Tango Dancer
2003, 2004 Tango Waterfire – Dance performer and 2nd Bandoneón.
2003 Electric Rainbow Coalition Festival for Electro-Acoustic music at Dartmouth College – Saxophone with Third Nipple
2002 Tango Waterfire – Dance Performer

2006 Journey – Gabrielle Louis (© Cinema Song Productions) - Bandoneón
2005 Free Range Tango – Tango con Garra – Bandoneón.
2005 Beyond our Ruin – Jake – Tenor Saxophone and all wind arrangements
2004 One for Every Day – Jake – Tenor Saxophone
2003 Kickin' – The Boston Jazz Trio – Tenor Saxophone
2003 Third Nipple Live – Third Nipple – Prepared Tenor Saxophone

Honors and Grants
2006 - Winner of the title “Best Argentine Tango Group” at the battle of the tango bands in the Argentine Tango Festival in Boston, MA
2005- Recipient of the a project Grant from the Rhode Island State Council on
2001-2003 Berklee College of Music Dean's List.
1999 Arts Bridge Scholarship to teach music in rural schools in California.
1994 AFS – Grant to Study in Russia.

Ben Bogart's Bio

Ben Bogart was first introduced to the brassy, penetrating sounds of the saxophone at age 9 and was invited to become a member of the local high school concert, jazz, and marching bands by the 7th grade. By age 13, he was already writing music and arranging many first compositions for his own saxophone quartet.

At 16, Ben spent several months in Uglich, Russia, as part of an exchange program. There, his passion for music inspired him to learn to play the guitar. He obsessively practiced for 5 or more hours a day, and even repaired guitars and an electric bass to start his first rock band.

Although guitar remained a personal interest, Ben decided to pursue a music degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1999, and declared saxophone as his principal instrument.

After studying at UCSC Ben was fortunate enough to study under Ray Brown, a trumpet player in Capitola California, in order to solidify his improvisational skills in Jazz. Ben studied with Ray Brown for one year before moving to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music where he pursued private instruction from George Garzone. George inspired Ben to find his true musical passion, improvisation.

The improvisational ensemble Third Nipple was formed for Ben’s final project at Berklee. The band is still his predominant musical project. He also plays with The Boston Jazz Trio and as a freelance musician. Besides trumpet and guitar, his other musical interests include the piano, flute and clarinet. In addition, he teaches Saxophone Lessons both privately and at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

With an irrepressible passion for music, Ben was inevitably drawn to dance while at UCSC. He took up dancing as another way to express himself musically.Ben was introduced to the expressive Argentine Tango in which he has found an gratifying outlet for both physical and musical improvisation.

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