CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH ANGELIQUE KIDJO
Born to an American father and French mother in Nimes, France, Ben grew up in Paris. He was introduced to music at a very early age by his father, Mike Zwerin, a famous trombonist and writer for the “International Herald Tribune" who played with the likes of Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy and Maynard Ferguson
In the fall of 1995, he left France to accept a scholarship at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where he was fortunate to study with great teachers such as Hal Crook, Bruce Gertz and Phil Wilson. Ben also extended his musical family, which led him to perform in many European music festivals including “Montreux Jazz Festival", “Jazz a Juan" and “Jazz a Vienne".
After graduating in the fall of 97, he performed all over the East coast and taught at Northeastern University in Boston until he moved to New York in 2000. Ben then started touring nationally and internationally as well as working in the local NYC venues (Carnegie Hall, Roseland, Bowery Ballroom, Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge) with talented and diverse artists like Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright, Lila Downs (Sony), Nouvelle Vague (EMI), Claudia Acuna, Kellylee Evans, CharlElie Couture, Yannick Noah (Sony/BMG), Lionel Loueke (Blue Note recording artist, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard), Otis Clay, Ycare (Sony France), Oliver Mtukudzi, the Revelations feat. Tre Williams (song in the RZA/Tarantino movie "the Man with the Iron Fists"), Mino Cinelu, Souldiggaz (Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige), Frenchie Davis (of The Voice, Rent and American Idol), Ellen Greene (of The Little Shop of Horrors), Antonique Smith (of Rent and Notorious BIG), Running Still (East/West/Atlantic).
Ben also played in the Off-Broadway shows “Bat Boy" and “A Broadway Diva Christmas" and has appeared on television shows such as the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Austin City Limits, Last Call With Carson Daly
Since moving to New York, Ben has been focusing on writing songs and producing various artists as well as writing music for TV shows (such as All my Children, One Life to Live and American Pickers) and scoring films.