Ben Darwish

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • 21 and over

About Ben Darwish


Portland pianist, vocalist, and composer Ben Darwish has won numerous awards including a 2008 Downbeat Award and the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. In 2009, his group was chosen out of hundreds of entries to audition at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the state department tour. His group features some of the most exciting young musicians in the Pacific Northwest, namely Tim Willcox on trumpet, Bill Athens on bass, and Randy Rollofson on drums. Darwish has performed with artists such as Reggie Watts and Esperanza Spalding, but his greatest strength is as a bandleader.

His 2010 release, I Don't Want to Live on the Moon, is a genre-breaking experience. The new 6-song EP from Ben Darwish leaves the listener satisfied yet ready to play it over and over again. It is his first studio recording in 4 years, and has been long awaited by fans. This is a clear departure from his live album released in 2009 called Ode to Consumerism which featured long explorations and intense energy captured in the group's live performances. Instead, I Don't Want to Live on the Moon highlights explosive and subtle moments in tight knit, melodic compositions.



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Music: Jazz Groove/Jam Property > Crystal Hotel

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