Ben Turner is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area where he maintains a busy schedule as leader and sideman.
He currently attends the Boyer College of Music at Temple University in North Philadelphia, where he studies jazz performance. While there, he has had the privilege and opportunity to work with renowned faculty such as Peter Bernstein, Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Dick Oatts, Dave Wong, Warren Wolf, among others.
As part of an exchange program through Temple University, Ben recently spent four months in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, studying with Jesse van Ruller at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. While there, he was afforded opportunities to travel and perform around Europe.
Ben's had the opportunity to share the stage with Chris Potter, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, as well as Sean Jones, Jon Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jasper Blom, John Clayton, and more. In addition, he's performed at venues such as The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as clubs around Philadelphia.
Ben was one of two guitarists accepted into the 2018 class of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. While there he worked with esteemed faculty members including Kennedy Center Artistic Director and Jason Moran, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Whitfield, Ralph Peterson Jr., Reuben Rogers, Xavier Davis, Mark Shim, and Darren Barrett. Jazz Ahead ultimately concluded with three performances of all original music at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
Ben also auditioned and was selected for the 2018 Telluride Jazz All-Stars Ensemble which performed at the 2018 Telluride Jazz Festival in Telluride, Colorado
Ben will compete in the 2019 Wilson Center Guitar Competition (Brookfield, WI) as a jazz semi-finalist.