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.