Ben Scholz is a drummer/percussionist, writer, and producer who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. A native of Portland Oregon, Ben began playing classical piano and percussion at an early age. After leaving the west coast, he was accepted to The University of North Texas where he studied with renowned jazz instructor, Ed Soph.
Living in Chicago from '06-'15 gave him the opportunity to work with a virtual who's who of musical innovators including Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Francois Moutin, Bill Watrous and Aaron Neville. Ben also frequently works in television and has produced, performed, and otherwise appeared on programs for MTV, WGN-9 and Second City.
Currently in his first year as a graduate student at The University of Southern California, Ben is studying performance with jazz legends Bob Mintzer and Peter Erskine.
An avid instructor, Ben also maintains a roster of private students and directs the Los Angeles Youth Jazz Ensemble.
"The Elec Tet started out as a fusion tribute band, but it quickly outgrew that designation. Drummer Ben Scholz originally formed the group as a vehicle to explore the sounds of now-classic '70s fusion outfits, but something else happened along the way: originality eclipsed imitation in The Elec Tet. Now, on the band's debut album, Scholz and company proudly wave the fusion flag while presenting a program of brand new tunes." -Dan Bilawsky, allaboutjazz.com