Watch CitySound Voices:
Ben Vleminckx Trio
Julien Alenda was born in Normandy, France in 1985. He started learning clarinet at 8, but soon moved to alto saxophone and started to play jazz in local clubs. After graduating from the conservatoire in Toulouse in 2008, he spent one year in San Diego, US where he had the great opportunity to study with alto sax master Charles McPherson. In 2009, he played and recorded original songs in Brazil with local musicians. His travel experience continued the following year, aboard a cruise ship where he played in the jazz band, before moving to Bristol in 2012. His playing is influenced by his love for Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Garrett and John Coltrane among others.
Ben Vleminckx studied at Bath Spa University with tutor Robert Brian. Working with players including Greg Cordez, Adam Biggs and appearing at regular jam sessions across Bristol/Bath jazz scene. Festivals include guest soloist at Brecon Jazz 2012 with Cardiff Uni Big Band and supporting Pee Wee Elis at the Bath Cooler Festival 2010. Ben has recently performed with Jason Rebello at the Wiltshire Music Centre as part of their Jazz Facotry programme. Ben endorses Sonor drums, Bosphorus cymbals and Bopworks jazz drum sticks.
Pasquale Votino, originally from Bonea, Italy where he studied for his diploma under Rino Zurzolo. Pasquale is now working in Bristol and has played with Andy Sheppard, James Morton, Craig Croften, Ian Matthews as well as workshops with Jerry Bergonzi,Buster Wiliams,Benny Golson. Pasquale’s high energy and exciting playing adds to the smelting pot perfectly in this band.