Welcome to World Of Ned, the web page of musician Ned Bennett.
Here you will find details of Ned’s work as a musician, composer, producer, arranger and teacher. There’s also a section on what Ned gets up to when not working!
Ned lives in South East London.
Ned has been playing jazz saxophone for over thirty years. In that time he has played with many great british bands including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The London Swing Orchestra. He has played in bands featuring Randy Brecker, Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Teal, Claire Martin, Joe Stilgoe amongst others. He plays with the Mississippi Swamp Dogs in many of London’s finest venues, including Ronnie Scotts, the Hideaway, Pizza Express, the Bull’s Head, the Crypt at st Martin’s and so on, and he also plays alto and clarinet with his own band, the Harlem Meer Cats. Ned’s trio, marketed as suaveJAZZ is in demand for parties and corporate events.
Ned plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, as well as flute and clarinet.
Ned is the author of many publications including:
The Jazz Sax Collection (Faber), Getting Started with Improvisation (Faber), Getting Started with Jazz (Faber), A New Tune A Day books 1 and 2 for Alto saxophone, Tenor saxophone, flute and clarinet (Boston Music), Absolute Beginners flute and clarinet books (Wise Publications), Jazz Club – six books of original compositions for various instruments (IMP – Faber), numerous songs for collections for primary schools (Out of the Ark music), as well as many individual compositions in other publications.
Ned has also written much concert music, including Three Preludes for Viola and String Quartet (winner of the Bernard Shaw composition prize), Magnificat (broadcast on BBC R3), Three Preludes for Guitar (broadcast on Classic FM), Nocturne (performed by the Clagary Philharmonic Orchestra), Moon Whales (performed by Randy Brecker at Ronnie Scotts),
Other compositions include many pieces for saxophone ensemble, Big Band, Jazz combo etc.
Ned runs three bands:
The Harlem Meer Cats – a six-piece band playing the music of Duke Ellington from the late 20s and early 30s. Much of the repertoire is in Duke’s Jungle style, with mysterious rhythms, growling trumpet and trombone, wailing clarinet etc, the kind of music popular at the Cotton Club in New York.
suaveJAZZ – Ned’s jazz duo or trio, primarily background music for parties and events.
Nedwardo and the Rumbanauts – a five-piece strict tempo dance band.