Ben Ferris

Ben Ferris is an upright and electric bassist, composer, bandleader and educator in Madison, WI. A student of NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis, Ben received his Bachelor of Music, focus in Education, from the UW-Madison School of Music in 2013. As a leader, Ben recently released an album of original music, “Home,” with the Ben Ferris Quintet. He also leads the Ben Ferris Octet, a 5-horn ensemble focusing on jazz music from across the decades. As a sideman, Ben performs with Nuggernaut, The Gabe Burdulis Band, The Darren Sterud Orchestra, The Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, Edi Rey y Su Salsera, the Jon Hoel Trio, the Big Payback and many other ensembles in a variety of genres. As an educator, Ben teaches at Winnequah Elementary School, Madison Music Makers, Madison Suzuki, Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists, private Bass students and various clinics/workshops. More information and current bookings can be found at