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Although trained as a classical/orchestral tubist with legendary pedagogues, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo, Ben Stapp began his professional career recording for the improvised music label Clean Feed with the likes of Herb Robertson, Alipio Neto, Ken Filiano and Michael T.A. Thompson. His first project as leader took him on tour in Portugal and then finally to New York to record with Tony Malaby and Satoshi Takeishi. With the self release Mr. Stapp was quickly recognized by All About Jazz, as “most certainly one to watch” and “the debut of a fresh new voice.” The Village Voice gave it an Honorable mention and the New York Times greeted it as a “rugged trio.” Since his move to New York he has been composing and performing with his new mixed ensemble projects – Zozimos, and has played at Roulette, the Stone, the Tea Lounge, Cornelia Street Cafe and the Downtown Music Gallery among others. Ben Stapp plays and subs with such tuba luminaries as Howard Johnson, Bob Stewart, Marcus Rojas and Jose Davila. Mr. Stapp has toured the world, playing in international festivals with several groups including Red Baraat, Chia’s Dance Party, Eli Yamin’s Blues Band and his own trio and more.

Ben Stapp is the tubist in Martin Vejerano’s Chia’s Dance Party and composer and tubist for the Zozimos Collective.

He is also a composer and performer of contemporary and classical music. He has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in New York including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the TILT brass ensemble, the NY Philharmonia, the Sheep Island Ensemble, and many more.

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