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Ben Lerner is an outstanding young artist who has quickly established himself as one of the emerging voices in Jazz and on the Alto Saxophone in Australia. Since moving to Sydney in 2020, Ben has received the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Scholarship, and has played with the likes of Mike Nock, Steve Barry, Jonathan Zwartz, Hamish Stuart, Andrew Dickeson and many other greats. Ben has honed his craft under the tutelage of artists such as George Garzone, Immanuel Wilkins, Roger Manins, Will Vinson, Mike Rivett and many more.
After forming the Ben Lerner Quartet in early 2021 as an outlet to workshop and perform his original compositions, Ben has quickly found his feet as a band leader. This has culminated in performing as a part of SIMA's Jazz:NOW summer festival, a seven–gig tour of New Zealand and various appearances in venues around Sydney. Ben performs frequently as a freelancing musician, holds down two residencies as well as doing regular gigs around the Sydney scene. He is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
“Ben is an exceptionally gifted alto saxophonist; one who works tirelessly to facilitate his artistic growth, and in doing so contributes immeasurably to the Australasian jazz scene. He is a fiery soloist who plays with creativity, passion, virtuosity and humour. He never disappoints” - Roger Manins
“Ben Lerner is a young jazz alto saxophonist from New Zealand, who in the short time he has been in Australia has already had a huge impact on Sydney's jazz scene. His infectious enthusiasm combined with his positive energy and inclusive attitude make this young man a musician to watch. Catch him wherever and whenever you can!” - Mike Nock
Ben Lerner - Alto Saxophone
Steve Barry - Piano
Thomas Botting - Bass
Alex Young - Drums
Here are some links to videos of Ben's quartet from a live stream/sold-out gig a year ago in Sydney. The first link is to a tune and the second is for a suite Ben composed in 2020.
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