Benjamin Maloney is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Toledo, Ohio. He was motivated and drawn to music early in life, beginning piano lessons at the age of six. This early musical intuition led Ben to explore improvisation and Jazz. He developed his craft within the University of Toledo Music Department, graduating with a Bachelors degree in music performance with a Jazz concentration. During his time at UT, Ben had the opportunity to be mentored by and play with acclaimed Jazz and Classical musicians including Claude Black, Tim Whalen, Gunnar Mossblad, Jon Hendricks, and Tad Weed. Ben is active in the Greater Toledo and Columbus music scenes as both bandleader and accompanist. Notably, he has been featured twice at the Jazz Master’s Concert Series at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, and was a finalist in the 2013 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition. Ben plays in numerous groups around town but is a key member of Waves de Ache and Talking Ear.