Ben McNicoll is a saxophonist, band leader, and teacher in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ben plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone saxophones, and doubles on bass clarinet, and a little clarinet and flute every now and then. .
Ben studied at Massey University in Wellington from 1998-2000
Since 2001, Ben has been based in Auckland, teaching privately, and playing in a number of bands across a wide range of styles.
Currently Performing With
Ijebu Pleasure Club
Leading a new 11-piece afrobeat group hitting Auckland like a funky freight train.
McNicoll Brown Orme
Hard-swinging organ trio jazz
Auckland Jazz Orchestra
18-piece contemporary original jazz ensemble, dedicated to playing NZ composers and arrangers. 2 albums of original music.
Hip-hop crew with NZ platinum album, and toured to many NZ festivals including The Big Day Out, Homegrown, Rhythm & Vines
The Hot Grits
12-14 piece Afro-soul group, toured NZ with 2 albums of original music.
Original afro-jazz fusion. 2 albums of original music, and opened for James Brown in Auckland.
At Last: The Etta James Story
A visiting stage show performed at Aotea Centre.
Ben has also performed or recorded with:
Avantdale Bowling Club - award winning hip-hop
The North Harbour Swing Band - classic jazz big band
Bridey McNicoll - acoustic pop
Peachy Keen - spoken word
Ishta - world fusion
The Alibis - jump swing
Oceania Storm - reggae
Session work for Dancing With The Stars 2018/2019
Live at The Golden Dawn, August 2015
Allana Goldsmith Group
Live at Auckland Jazz & Blues Club, September 2014
Live at York St Studios, May 2012