As one of the most in demand freelance jazz drummers in New England, Ben Bilello can be seen at numerous clubs, concert halls and festivals with a wide variety of artists. Originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island, Ben began playing the snare drum in his elementary school band. As time passed, Ben became interested in learning the drum set, acquiring his first kit at age fourteen. His first significant exposure to jazz occurred around this time and he made the decision to study music at a formal conservatory. After graduating from Narragansett High School in 1995, Ben moved to West Hartford, Connecticut to begin college.
After graduating from Hartt, Ben began to establish himself as a noted performer and a much sought after private instructor. He has performed and recorded with Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Joe Wilder, Curtis Fuller, Branford Marsalis, Anthony Braxton, Charles Flores, Javon Jackson, Steve Davis, Eddie Bert, Nat Reeves, Larry Willis, George Cables, Jimmy Greene, Shelton “Fatman” Laster, Wayne Escoffery and Dezron Douglas/New Jazz Workshop, among many others. In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic.
Currently residing in Durham, Connecticut, Ben is a self-employed private instructor and clinician. In addition to private instruction, Ben has taught classes and workshops at many local public and private schools, jazz camps and at several colleges and universities.
At this time, Ben can be seen performing with his own trio, the Hartford Jazz Society’s New Directions Ensemble, Atla and Matt DeChamplain, trumpeter Josh Evans, and bassist Jeff Fuller, as well as with many others.