For Once in My Life

For Once in My Life

Ben Paterson

Label: Origin Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805558270024
Catalog number: ORIGIN 82700
Releasedate: 04-03-16
- Ben Paterson, known as composer and pianist, on this album plays Hammond B3

- joined by Peter Bernstein on guitar and George Fluas on drums

- press quotes:
"As soulful an electric pianist­organist as exists anywhere.” - Downbeat Magazine
 “Possessing a delicate touch and refined sense of swing, he’s clearly learned valuable lessons from Von Freeman...” – TimeOut Chicago
New York based keyboardist and composer Ben Paterson is probably best known for his work as a pianist, notably as long­time sideman to Chicago saxophone giant Von Freeman, and as leader of his own trio. That may change however with his newest release. Here, Paterson shows why he has quickly become one of the top Hammond B3 players on the jazz scene today, combining influences from his former hometown of Chicago, and from his more recent surroundings in New York City. He is joined on this disc by two phenomenal sidemen, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and George Fludas on the drums, each representing a connection to these two great cities. Together this trio follows Paterson's lead, bringing a unique style and sound to the classic organ trio format.
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 re-located 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.  Other notable collaborations include work with Bobby Broom, Johnny O'Neal, Red Holloway, Eldee Young, Jerry Weldon, and Guy King, to name a few.  

Ben can now be seen leading his own piano and organ groups at clubs and festivals both around the U.S. and abroad, and is highly sought-after as a sideman to some of the best in the business.