“[He] is able to combine history with the current musical environment, making it sound fresh.” – Don Sickler
Ben Zweig is a NYC-based jazz drummer, bandleader, composer, and educator. Since moving to NYC in 2011, the 24 year-old has distinguished himself performing with jazz luminaries and contemporary artists at major venues throughout NYC, nationally, and internationally. A 2011 recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award in Jazz Excellence, Ben’s musicianship is widely varied, ranging from lyrical brush playing and elegant accompaniment to a powerful and “relentless ride cymbal beat” (Johnny O’Neal). Born in New York City, Ben’s musical aesthetic is well rooted in the American Jazz tradition. He also draws inspiration from folk traditions around the globe, especially from West-Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, Cuba, India, and European classical music. Zweig has accompanied an impressive array of legendary jazz musicians including; Randy Weston (NEA Jazz Master), Johnny O’Neal, Larry Ridley, David Williams, Arturo O’Farrill, Joel Press, Steve Nelson, Joe Magnerelli, and Cecil Bridgewater. Ben recorded with alto-saxophone giant Jerry Dodgion’s quartet in 2015 and with guitarist Joe Cohn at the historic Rudy Van Gelder studio, both sessions were produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Don Sickler. Ben has also toured across the US with pianist and singer Champian Fulton, and internationally with bassist and singer Ali Levy. Ben Zweig performs locally as a bandleader throughout NYC, he holds a residency everynight at Cleopatra’s Needle in Manhattan. His co-led group B E N, comprised of contemporaries Ben Rosenblum and Ben Rubens has been performing together for 6 years.