Ben Makinen

Ben Makinen

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Denver, Colorado, United States
Total Song Plays: 67   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Ben Makinen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer (BMI), and producer.

Seeing Miles Davis perform live three times and then meeting the Dalai Lama in person forever changed the way Ben would approach the art of music.

Ben is the producer of jazz album Fishleather Jacket which received the Roger Bobo Excellence In Recording Award in June of 2006. He leads the wildly improvisational power trio AREA 15.

He is a 2006 Independent Music Awards Finalist in the Film/TV-Multimedia category.

Born in Maine, Ben grew up in California, Washington, and Oklahoma before graduating high school in Colorado.

He has produced a DVD of traditional african dance and music featuring David Gweshe's troupe Boterekwa from Zimbabwe.

As a drummer and percussionist, he has been touring the world as a sideman since 1985 with r&b, funk, and rock bands, jazz trios and big bands, avant-garde electronica ensembles, in Broadway shows, and on international cruise ships.

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Kelly Triplett posted over 30 days ago to Ben Makinen

Hi Ben!
You probably don't remember me, but you played drums and percussion on my CD, "Anywhere But Here". The song was St. Lou. It's on my Broadjam profile. I see you're doing well with your music! Good for you!!! Just wanted to drop you a line and say hello. Best regards,


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