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Jon Ben Berger
Artists Name: Jon Ben Berger
Official Site: www.myspace.com/jonbenberger
Band Members:
  • Jon Ben Berger
Jon Ben Berger grew up on the East coast, a teenager in love with Folk and Jazz music. He grew into a singer-songwriter who had the good fortune of crossing paths with Pete Seeger. Seeger recognized Jon's gift and brought him to the monthly BROADSIDES magazine concerts at New York's Village Gate. At this time, Jon worked under the name Toby Ben and began getting stage time at clubs such as the Gaslight and The Bitter End. He also became a favorite on the Bitter End's college circuit tours. These dates proved a valuable training ground for an artist that has always been singled out for his abilities with a live audience. A foray to the west coast reaped a contract with L.A's Venture Records, for whom he recorded WAKE UP TO THE SUNSHINE, an album which is, even now, being discovered by a new generation of listeners. His next effort, Don't Lie To Me, Baby, was a single for Columbia Records as the Toby Ben Blues Band. The lure of the San Francisco music scene saw Jon forming a fusion band there, the Burning Bush. The band played regularly at the Half Moon Bay concerts and a tape of those performances caught the attention of senior A&R producer at Columbia Records, John Hammond. Hammond had discovered Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan and became a staunch supporter of Jon at the label. The resultant buzz brings Berger back to New York and his status as a featured act at the city's venues. Nurtured by the avant-garde art scene around him, and his fellow denizens of the Chelsea Hotel, Jon enjoyed multi-media collaborations with members of the Phillip Glass Ensemble, director Shirley Clarke and dancers from Merce Cunningham's troupe. He also creates music with the Tony Williams Lifetime, Jack Bruce, Jimi Hendrix and lands a role in HAIR at Broadway's Biltmore Theater. In recent years, Jon has enjoyed success as an artist in Sweden, where he has raised his family. His voice has become familiar in commercials and releases on Elektra Sweden include MASTERPIECE IN STONE and FORT GREEN PARK. His career in production and arrangement has also found him in good company, producing albums for Victoria Tolstoy, Dilba, Ardis, Peach Of A Time and JJ Marsh.and Ladislaus Horatius.. Jon also has played with some of best living Sweden including - Brian Kramer , Jair Rohm Wells, James Bradley Junior, Derrick January, Marcelo Nunez ,Mats Qwabfobdt,,Christer Lyssabides, Chuck Anthony,Tore Berglund and many many more. 2007 finds Jon's music as the lead motif in a new film, SAINT FRANCIS by Ezra Allen Gould, being released in EUROPE fall 2008, Staring Dita Von Teese. NEW CD CALLED "THANK YOU FOR LIVING YOUR LIFE " WITH SWEDISH BORN MARTIN SÖRBOM OUT NOW ON AMAZON.COM http://lnk.ms/0XxfF AND MORE TO COME
Added: 15/08/2011  
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