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Ben Paterson

Originally from Philadelphia, Ben spent his younger years studying both classical and jazz music before moving to the great city of Chicago. There he spent years performing and working with the best musicians in town, absorbing the unique blend of Jazz and Blues that can only be found in the Windy City. Now, moving to New York, Ben is poised to bring his unique talents and style to a wider audience, combining hard-swinging grooves and melodic improvisation with an impeccable touch.

Starting in 2005, Ben was honored to work as pianist for NEA jazz master Von Freeman, performing with him regularly until Von’s passing in August 2012. In addition to regular club dates around town, Ben’s work with Von included performances at the Chicago Jazz Fest, Symphony Center, Millenium Park, The Jazz Showcase, and The Green Mill.

Under his own name, Ben has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival as both a solo pianist and with his Organ Quartet, led his own groups at dozens of venues including Smalls Jazz Club, Kitano Jazz, and the Zinc Bar in NYC, and headline performances at the Green Mill and Andy’s Jazz Clubs in Chicago.

Notable collaborations include work Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Johnny O’Neal, Red Holloway, Eldee young, Jerry Weldon, Guy King, Ed Cherry, Brianna Thomas, Gregory Generet, Dave Specter, Jason Marshall, Henry Johnson, Corey Wilkes, Milton Suggs, Ernest Dawkins, Marianne Solivan, Patience Higgens, Myron Waldon, Kimberly Gordon, Martina DaSilva, JC Styles, Svetlana’s Delancey 5, Adam Rongo, and many others.

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“As soulful an electric pianist-organist as exists anywhere.” –Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine

“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

“On first listen, you can hear why so many people on the Chicago jazz scene are singing Paterson’s praises. His playing is always where it needs to be: one minute sensitive and relaxed, at another moment, explosive and muscular, and always musical.” –Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine

“An inspired repertoire… some creative arrangements and reworkings… the first-rate musicianship and the joyful spirit are other reasons why Breathing Space is heartily recommended to fans of piano trios.” –Scott Yanow, All Music Guide (4 out of 5 stars)

“Organist Ben Paterson combines a sublime spirituality with a simmering earthiness in his expressive style on the keys.” –Hrayr Attarian,

“…a monster on the Hammond B3.” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

“(Essential Elements) reveals Paterson’s blues chops to be on par with those of Gene Harris.” –C

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Self Produced


The Ellis Marsalis...

Nu Jazz Records/Nu Jazz Entertainment


For Once in My Life

Origin Records


Blues For Oscar

Meetinghouse Records


Shade of Tree

From: Elsewhere
By Ben Paterson

I Thought You Should Know

From: Breathing Space
By Ben Paterson


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