Biography
Drummer Ben Perowsky is an inventive bandleader and sideman whose eclectic skills find him ably moving between jazz, avant-garde, and forward-thinking rock projects. A vital presence on the New York scene since the 1980s, Perowsky has played with a bevy of artists from across the spectrum, including John Zorn, Uri Caine, Rickie Lee Jones, and Iggy Pop. He has issued his own albums, pairing often with saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed as on 2009's Esopus Opus and 2019's Upstream with John Medeski.

Born in 1966 and raised in New York City, Perowsky grew up in a musical household the son of jazz saxophonist Frank Perowsky. By his teens, he was playing drums in his father's band, and he later honed his skills at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Alan Dawson. Returning to New York, he found himself in demand, working with an impressive list of artists including Rickie Lee Jones, Roy Ayers, John Cale, James Moody, and many others. Perowsky was a member of the arty ensemble Lounge Lizards in the mid-'80s and a co-founder of the experimental fusion collective Lost Tribe. Along with jazz, he has played on stylistically varied projects with artists like the Elysian Fields, Liminal, Joan as Policewoman, and more.

As a leader, Perowsky issued his debut album, Ben Perowsky Trio, in 1999, playing alongside saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed and bassist Scott Colley. He then paired with his father, Frank Perowsky, and organist Sam Yahel for 2002's Bop on Pop. The following year, he issued Camp Songs on Tzadik Records. Also showcasing pianist Uri Caine and bassist Drew Gress, the album found Perowsky exploring prayer songs he originally learned as a child at summer camp in Upstate New York. There were also sundry projects with Josh Roseman, Trey Anastasio, John Zorn, Loudon Wainwright III, and others.

In 2009, Perowsky debuted his quartet with Speed, bassist Gress, and accordion player Ted Reichman on Esopus Opus. Around the same time, he continued his ongoing association with John Zorn and made various appearances on albums by Iggy Pop, Hercules Love Affair, and Steven Bernstein. 2019's funky Upstream showcased Perowsky's longtime organ trio with John Medeski and reedist Speed. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi




 
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Ben Perowsky - Drumming in the Stream
Ben Perowsky, Adam Rogers & Scott Colley "Round Trip"
Ben Perowsky drum solo with the "Bop On Pop" Organ Trio live at Doma in NYC
David Tronzo, John Medeski, Ben Perowsky 3:15:18
Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin & Ben Perowsky 7/17/17 part I
Steve Khan-Jay Anderson-Ben Perowsky "Masqualero"
Nikolaj Hess Trio feat Tony Scherr & Ben Perowsky
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