From humming Billy Joel in the backseat of his family car during childhood road trips, to performing on stages across Italy, music has stretched the length of Ben Tatar’s life. A devoted music educator, composer and performer, Tatar’s expertise ranges from preschool-aged music education to professional jazz and classical performance.


A multi-instrumentalist (among them, trombone, tuba, piano, guitar, bass and vocals), Tatar has shared the stage with such performers as Maria Schneider, Denis DiBlasio, Slide Hampton, Scott Wendholdt, Ben Vereen, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Bob Newhart, and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Tatar has also performed at such venues as the Rialto Square Theater, Grant Park’s Harris Theater, Martyr’s, Schuba’s, The Music Box Theater, Subterranean, The Double Door, Chicago's Jazz Showcase, and The Green Mill Lounge.


Tatar currently teaches elementary school general music to grades K-5 in Illinois School District 96, and also performs professionally across the Chicagoland area in several jazz and Top 40’s/wedding bands. His childrens’ musical for his third graders, titled “Angry Thirds” (music inspired by the mobile app Angry Birds), debuted in 2011. His first EP, “Food!” was released on June 9th, 2014.


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