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[portrait photo: Christian Coleman]

BEN EASTON is a keyboardist, collaborative pianist, writer/critic & producer, living in Brooklyn, NY and working in rock, pop and theatrical circles.

Easton performs weekly in-residence at Good Judy’s The Blue Room (Tuesdays) and Sid Gold’s Request Room (Saturdays) — two of New York City’s flagship modern piano bars. His Live Piano Karaoke songlist offers 2,500+ picks available for your singing pleasure, running the gamut from ‘00s pop-punk and indie rock to classic rock and Broadway. He has served as music director, accompanist and bandleader for an array of cabarets and community/student theatre productions in NYC. His original compositions and arrangements have been featured in two seasons of the musical podcast Live! From Tomorrow (songs & score), as well as a pair of staged industrial variety shows produced by IBM.

Easton writes about popular music and new releases, working as a contributor at Treble and a staff writer at Cover Me Songs. He is a freelance editor, fact-checker and researcher for a number of music publications & archival projects, including the Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast, the official podcast of the Grateful Dead.

Since 2012, Easton has been a core member of The Academy Blues Project (ABP), a rock combo based in NYC with whom he has written and produced six records. He has toured and performed hundreds of live shows with ABP, including at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, SteelStacks, and in-residence at countless NYC clubs. Easton co-produced the band’s latest trio of albums, released in 2021: The Neon Grotto, Once Again... and prodigal sun.

Between 2010-2018, Easton line-produced concerts and live events on staff at Joe’s Pub, the iconic independent music venue / cabaret space housed within the Public Theater.

Easton received a B.A. at New York University. He was a participant in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute, as well as the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program. He was an inaugural recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts’ City Artist Corps Grant.