BEN PATERSON QUARTET
Where Jazz meets Blues
“His elegance, good taste, and emotional poignancy position him as one the most refreshing mainstream voices I’ve heard in recent years.”
– Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Ben Paterson - piano, vocals
Joel Paterson - guitar
Joe Policastro - bass
Mike Schlick - drums
"I've always found a large percentage of my favorite music at the intersection between Jazz and Blues. While many treat these as two separate traditions, both genres share a tremendous amount of history and vocabulary. One musician who knows this very well is my good friend and phenomenal
guitarist Joel Paterson, who I'm excited to have with me for this performance. Join us as we get together explore compositions by Oscar Peterson, B.B. King, Mose Allison, Ray Charles, and many more. "
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Combining a joyful swing feel with an impeccable touch, Ben Paterson has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young pianists on the Jazz scene today, garnering international acclaim for his superb musicianship and engaging performances. Originally from Philadelphia, Ben studied both classical and jazz music before moving to the great city of Chicago, absorbing the unique blend of Jazz and Blues that can only be found in the Windy City. Now based in New York, Ben is poised to bring his unique talents and style to a wider audience, performing regularly at top notch venues and at clubs and festivals around the world.
Some of Ben's more notable collaborations include years of work with NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, guitarist Bobby Broom, Johnny O'Neal, Red Holloway, Eldee young, Jerry Weldon, Peter Bernstein and Ed Cherry, with performances opening for groups like Steely Dan and B.B. King. Ben has released 4 CD's under his own name: Breathing Space (OA2 Records 2007) Blues For Oscar (Meetinghouse Records 2012), Essential Elements (MAXJAZZ 2013), and For Once In My Life (Origin 2015). Visit www.benpaterson.com for more information.