Jim tenBensel

Jim played during a January, 2001, rehearsal of the Minneapolis Trombone Choir.

Hear Jim play a soprano trombone solo on "Brown Wore Black".

The Roseville Big Band featured Jim playing trombone on "Trombonology" and "All of Me", singing on "Rosie the Riveter", and playing lead trombone on the Tom Padveen/Mike Bratlie arrangements of "I'll Remember April" and "Yardbird Suite" for seven trombones with the rest of the big band on its July 4, 1997, concert.

Jim also conducted improvisation clinics for the Roseville Big Band on October 29 and November 12, 1996.

Jim is a Yamaha trombone artist with Bachelor and Master degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. He has taught vocal and instrumental music at all levels from elementary through college. He is the jazz combo director and teacher of low brass at MacPhail Center in Minneapolis. He is sought after as a clinician for jazz workshops and competitions in the United States and Canada.

As a performer, Jim has toured with Henry Mancini, Ralph Marteri, and Stan Kenton. He has also played in bands that backed Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Vikki Carr, John Davidson, Sammy Davis, Jr., and many others.

Jim was voted "Best Classical Brass" by the Minnesota Music Academy Awards. That same year he was also voted "Best Mainline Jazz Brass Player".

Jim's versatility extends beyond playing trombones to professionally singing and playing trumpet, euphonium, string bass, and tuba.

His rich bass voice can be heard in his gospel quartet and soloing at Judson Memorial Baptist and other churches in the Twin Cities.

You might have heard him playing with Rueben Ristrom, the Barbary Coast band, the Mouldy Figs, the Orchestra Hall Big Band, or any number of other musical groups in the Twin Cities.

He also has led the Minneapolis Trombone Choir for more than 30 years.

His CD, "The Jambone", is available at the Electric Fetus or directly from Jim. You can contact him at (612) 926-3708.

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Friday, February 07, 2020.

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