Ben Paterson

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Ben Paterson
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Background information
Birth name Ben Paterson
Born (1982-06-23) June 23, 1982 (age 35)
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Guy King, Joshua Ramos, Jon Deitemyer, Peter Bernstein (guitarist), George Fludas

Ben Paterson (born June 23, 1982) is an American jazz pianist, organist and composer.

Early Life and career[edit]

After graduating from the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and having spent his earlier years studying classical as well as jazz music, he relocated to Chicago in 2004 to attend the University of Chicago.

Starting in 2005, Ben began working as a pianist for Von Freeman, an NEA Jazz Master in Chicago. He performed with him on a regular basis until Freeman's death in August 2012. In 2012, Ben relocated to New York City to further his professional music career and gain more exposure in the jazz world.


These include opening for acts such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Steely Dan, the 2010 Montreal Jazz Fest, the 2006, 2009, and 2013 Chicago Jazz Fests, the 2007, 2008, and 2011 Chicago Blues Fests, as well as shows in France, China, Switzerland, Mexico, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Selected recordings[edit]

A couple of Ben's CD releases made JazzWeek's list of commercial radio airplay with the album "Breathing Space" spending a total of 24 weeks reaching a position of #46 on January 9, 2008 and his most recent album "Essential Elements" spending 28 weeks marking on March 24, 2014 the position of #17 on the list.

  • "Breathing Space" (OA2 Records 2007 – a division of Origin Records)
  • "Blues For Oscar" (Meetinghouse Records 2012)
  • "Essential Elements" (Maxjazz 2013)
  • "For Once In My Life" (Origin Records 2015)


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