We’re excited to announce that Ben has won the Rising Star Composer category in the 62nd Annual Downbeat Critics Poll. Ben also placed 4th in the Bass category, behind Christian McBride, Dave Holland and Ron Carter. He is also cited in the Composer and Rising Star Arranger, Producer and Jazz Artist categories.
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In June 2014, Ben will begin a one-year term as Vice President of the NY Chapter of The Recording Academy. The Academy is most widely known as the organization behind the Grammy Awards, which together with MusiCares and The Grammy Foundation comprise the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Ben began his tenure in 2011 as a Governor of the NY Chapter and assumed the chairmanship of the Advocacy Committee in 2013. Says Ben,
“I am honored and excited by the opportunity to serve this great organization. NARAS plays an important role as a trade organization, supporting the health of our industry as well as the lives and livelihoods of artists and creators.”
In this Bass Player magazine feature, Ben talks about the new album, his approach to bass playing and writing for the band, his gear and setup, etc…. you know, bass nerd stuff.
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Reviews of Ben’s latest album, The Stars Look Very Different Today are coming in, and they’re universally positive. Check out some of these: