Ben Paterson

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Ben Paterson
circa 2019
Background information
Born (1982-06-23) June 23, 1982 (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Associated acts Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Guy King, Peter Bernstein

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


Early life

Paterson graduated from the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia after having spent his earlier years studying classical as well as jazz music. He then relocated to Chicago in 2004 [1] to attend the University of Chicago.

Later life and career

Starting in 2005, Paterson began working as a pianist for Von Freeman, an NEA Jazz Master in Chicago. They performed on a regular basis until Freeman's death in August 2012. [1] In the same year, Paterson relocated to New York City to further his professional music career and gain more exposure in the jazz world.

Paterson has performed as an opening act for B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Steely Dan, at 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.

Paterson was the winner of the inaugural Ellis Marsalis Jazz Piano Competition, held in 2018. [2] The prize included $25,000 cash.

Starting in 2019 Paterson became one only a few Jazz musicians who are designated Steinway Artists.



  1. 1 2 Festival, Chicago Jazz (August 20, 2012). "Ben Paterson Organ Quartet". JazzInChicago. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. "Ellis Marsalis Jazz Piano Competition Winners Announced". JazzTimes. July 12, 2018.

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