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Ben was born and educated in South-East London and started learning to play the piano and alto saxophone from the age of 10. Having been encouraged from an early age to express himself creatively, music grew to be a large part of school life. At school Ben was heavily involved in choirs, musicals, and concerts. There along with fellow students Karl Rasheed-Abel, George Bird, Giles King (aka Kwake Bass) and many more Ben began to uncover his own musical path. Taking inspiration from bands such as The Headhunters and Weather Report, the journey began with imitating the greats. Alongside this Ben also attended Saturday classes at the Centre for Young Musicians where he was able to study great classical works and to learn from some of Britain's best jazz educators and musicians.
Ben studied Jazz at Trinity Laban, the invaluable knowledge and experience gained from the school shaped his career profoundly. While studying he began what would turn out to be a long term affiliation with Dune Music and Tomorrows Warriors. The organisation led by Bassist Gary Crosby OBE and Janine Irons MBE FRSA is responsible for the guidance of many young musicians from the capital and Ben was one of a few who benefitted greatly from their help and support.
After graduating he continued to perform with Jazz Jamaica, participating in collaborations with great artists like Hugh Masekela, Ernest Ranglin and Myrna Hague. He has also featured with Carmen Souza, Aloe Blacc, Abram Wilson and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars featuring Brinsley Forde.
Ben has also worked as Assistant Musical Director on Memphis the Musical playing at the Shaftsbury Theatre in London's West End. Memphis was voted best new musical at the Whats on Stage awards and is recipient of 9 Olivier Award nominations.