Ben Maloney - Piano
Benjamin Maloney is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Toledo, Ohio. He was motivated and drawn to music early in life, beginning piano lessons at the age of six. This early musical intuition inevitably led Ben to explore improvisation and Jazz. Maloney spent the last six years developing his craft within the University of Toledo Music Department, recently graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance with a jazz concentration. During his time at UT, Ben had the amazing opportunity to be mentored by and play with acclaimed jazz and classical musicians including Claude Black, Tim Whalen, Gunnar Mossblad, Jon Hendricks, and Tad Weed. Additionally, Ben has also been working and playing gigs regularly around the greater Toledo area for many years as a bandleader and accompanist. Notably, he has been featured twice at the Jazz Master’s Concert Series at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, and was a finalist in the 2013 ASCAP young jazz composer’s competition. He is also the pianist and one of the composers for the touring modern jazz quintet Talking Ear.