Born and raised in NYC, Ben Cassara began singing around the family piano and went on to perform in both church and high school choirs which culminated in a televised performance at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. He tried his hand at theater and after college performed in a number of Off Off Broadway productions. however, music was his first love and it didn’t take him long to start working in piano bars all around the city and in the tri-state area.
After a time, Cassara realized he’d prefer to be a “front man” and a few years back, started working with jazz pianist, Tedd Firth and vocal coach Carol Fredette.
His debut CD, Sister Moon featured arrangements by Cassara and Firth with two additional NYC based jazz musicians, David Finck on bass and Bob Mallach on sax.
Since the release of his CD, Cassara has performed in many of the major NYC jazz rooms including Jazz at the Kitano, Somethin' Jazz, Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea, Parnel's, Project 142 just to name a few.
Last fall he brought his Bobby Troup Tribute show, mostly Bobby to the Kitano with Tedd Firth on piano Iris Ornig on bass Scott Robinson on tenor and Ronen Itzig on drums to rave reviews and plans on bringing it back again with even more undiscovered jems from the Troup songbook.
Want a fresh voice in singers with an XY chromosome? Give this guy Ben Cassara a try. His voice gives hints of Barry Manilow and Bob Dorough-a mid toned tenor that sounds comfortable in his skin.
George W. Harris (Published in Jazz Weekly, July 10, 2014)
Cassara...gives a song a unique distinctive flavor all it's own...incredibly intimate...
Will Friedwald-music critic for The Wall Street Journal and author of numerous books on music including A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz and Pop Singers.
It's hard for me to imagine a more confident debut CD than Ben Cassara's SISTER MOON