Born to an American father and French mother in Nimes, France, Ben grew up in Paris. He was introduced to music at a very early age by his father, Mike Zwerin, a famous trombonist and writer for the “International Herald Tribune who played with the likes of Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy and Maynard Ferguson
In the fall of 1995, he left France to accept a scholarship at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where he was fortunate to study with great teachers such as Hal Crook, Bruce Gertz and Phil Wilson. Ben also extended his musical family, which led him to perform in many European music festivals including “Montreux Jazz Festival, “Jazz a Juan and “Jazz a Vienne.
After graduating in the fall of 97, he performed all over the East coast and taught at Northeastern University in Boston until he moved to New York in 2000. Ben then started touring nationally and internationally as well as working in the local NYC venues (Carnegie Hall, Roseland, Bowery Ballroom, Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge) with talented and diverse artists like Angelique Kidjo, Lila Downs (Sony), Nouvelle Vague (EMI), Claudia Acuna (Marsalis Music/Universal), Kellylee Evans (Universal France), Yannick Noah (Sony/BMG), Lionel Loueke (Blue Note recording artist, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard), Otis Clay, Ycare (Sony France), Oliver Mtukudzi, the Revelations feat. Tre Williams (song in the RZA/Tarantino movie the Man with the Iron Fists), Mino Cinelu, Daisy Jopling, JJ Appleton (with whom he opened for Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel and appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly and “Wild on E!), Brendan James (Decca/Universal recording artist), Tammany Hall (has had songs on HBO, MTV, NBC as well as WB11), Souldiggaz (Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige), Frenchie Davis (of The Voice, Rent and American Idol), Ellen Greene (of The Little Shop of Horrors), Antonique Smith (of Rent and Notorious BIG), Forro In The Dark (Nublu/Nat Geo), Running Still (East/West/Atlantic) as well as an amazing collection of local NY artists. Ben also played in the Off-Broadway shows “Bat Boy and “A Broadway Diva Christmas.