A Portland native, Ben Darwish has been playing piano since the age of six. He also plays drums, guitar, and sings. At the age of eighteen, Ben studied for two years with world renowned pianist, Randy Porter. He since has played in the Mt. Hood Jazz Band and recorded their 2003 release "I'm New Here" on the Seabreeze label. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon. He has appeared on Homegrown Jazz on 89.