Notes by Ben

Notes by Ben

Ben Thomas plays the vibes and bandoneon, and composes music.

News and Updates

Here is a track from TORCH’s upcoming CD. Brian Chin – trumpet, Eric Likkel – clarinet, Steve Schermer – bass, me – vibes. The artist, Scott Kolbo, has provided animation for several of our projects. Enjoy!


Stowe Tango Festival 2017

In August, I got another chance to perform with the Stowe Tango Festival Orchestra. Some of my favorite musicians and people from around the world play in this every year. It is an fantastic group directed by Hector Del Curto on bandoneon.



Last month, I worked with the Multi-Media Design students at Highline College to make this video. They were amazing to work with. This is Mattio’s arrangement of one of my favorite songs.


Vai e Vem

New video by the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto.
This band is so much fun.    Burnin’!
Jovino Santos Neto – piano/composition, Jeff Busch – percussion, Mark Iverster – drums, Chuck Deardorf – bass, and yours truly on vibes

Tango vibes – “Mal de amores”

After spending 10 years or so working on bandoneon for tango, I decided it was time to start incorporating vibes into my tango projects. Here is a solo arrangement I wrote of one of my favorite tangos by Pedro Laurenz, “Mal de amores”.
Any percussionists that would like a copy should send me an email.

Ben at The Ballard Jazz Walk

Photos by Jim Levitt

The Marina Albero Group performs at the NY Fashion Academy during the 2016 Ballard Avenue Jazz Walk. The Walk features performances in ten venues on or near historic Ballard Avenue.

Marina Albero, piano and hammered dulcimer; Ben Thomas, vibes; Chuck Deardorf, bass; Mark Ivester, drums