New York City Music Teachers

Ben Paterson

Ben Paterson

Brooklyn, NY

Piano Lessons | Keyboard Lessons | Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Performed at premier Jazz clubs and festivals around the world, opened for groups like Steely Dan and B.B. King, trained in both Classical and Jazz, extensive experience as a full time Jazz performer working with some of the best in the business.
  • Pricing: $85 per hour
  • Styles: Jazz, Beginning Classical
  • Suitability: Ages 12 and up, beginner to advanced


“As soulful a pianist-organist as exists anywhere.”
– Downbeat Magazine 

“Exquisit lyricism and a flawless swing pocket.”
–  Chicago Jazz Magazine

Originally from Philadelphia, Ben studied both classical and jazz music before moving to the great city of Chicago.  There he spent years performing and working with the top 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.

Whether playing lush ballads on the piano, digging into some hard-driving blues-tinged organ jazz on the Hammond B3, or singing classic tunes made by the likes of Ray Charles and Nat King Cole, Ben has garnered international acclaim for his superb musicianship and engaging performances, able to draw in both afficionados and Jazz neophytes alike.

Teaching Info

In the first lesson we’ll discuss experience and goals, and get a sense of the best approach.  I tailor my lessons to fit each student, but in general, for Jazz lessons, we’ll discuss harmony and chord voicings, improvisational techniques, and general performance technique.

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