ABOUT BEN

BIO

Chicago pianist Ben Lewis has had a career full of diverse musical experiences.  Whether performing at the Chicago Jazz Festival or traveling the globe with Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Ben feels at home making music. “A monster of a pianist” (Chicago Jazz Magazine), he brings both humor and grace to his playing. Ben’s “shimmering pianism” and “go-for-broke energy” (Howard Reich – Chicago Tribune) are just part of what give him such a singular voice.

As founding member and Musical Director of the Lt. Dan Band with actor/bassist Gary Sinise, Ben has toured the world performing for troops, veterans and their families. The 12-piece ensemble has been going strong since 2003 with no signs of slowing down.

Lewis has recorded and collaborated with many artists. His long-standing creative partnership with vocalist Typhanie Monique helped shape her 2016 debut as a leader – featuring the talents of Grammy award-winning producer Jeff Levenson. Lewis is prominently featured on bassist Matt Ulery’s By a Little Light, named one of the top 50 albums of 2012 by NPR. Other musical associations include such artists as vocalists Grazyna Auguscik and Jackie Allen, and trumpeter Tito Carillo.

DISCOGRAPHY

Jackie Allen
The Men In My Life

Tito Carillo
Opening Statement

Typhanie Monique
Call It Magic

Neal Alger
Here and Now, There and Before

Chris Siebold - PYSCLES
Live at Martrys'

Grazyna Auguscik
Don't Let Me Go

Jackie Allen
Tangled

Matt Ulery
By a Little Light

Greg Duncan
Unification

Mark O'Connor
Suspended Reality

Mark O'Connor
Mirage

Jackie Allen
My Favorite Color

Matt Geraghty Project
Passport

Matt Geraghty Project
Mozaic

A Romantic Evening With Jackie Allen - Live At the Rococo

Matt Geraghty Project
Two For the Road

Rico!
Make Music

Kimo Williams
Tracking

PRESS QUOTES

"Uses sonic space like a wizard."

Cultural Currents Blog
Kevin Lynch

"Striking... Evocative... Sensitive..."

Lincoln Journal Star
John Cutler

"One of the best kept secrets in Chicago."

Listen Here Radio
Mark Ruffin

"Superb"

jazzreview.com

"A monster of a pianist."

Chicago Jazz Magazine
Paul Abella

"Shimmering pianism...Go for broke energy..."

Chicago Tribune
Howard Reich