Ben Graves and Eddie Parente perform at Vino Veritas
Ben was born and raised in Tennessee, close to the musical cities of Nashville and Memphis, where he discovered his love of blues, rock, and jazz. Influenced by Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and John Coltrane at an early age; Ben has developed a style blended with not only jazz elements, but Latin, classical and world music as well.
Originally from Jersey City New Jersey, Eddie Parente has lived in Boston Massachusetts where he played in a Mexcian Mariachi Band, while studying Classical Indian Music with tabla master Shashi Nayak, attending Irish Traditional Music sessions, and playing in an international folk dance band. Since moving to the Portland area he continues to play and record with a wide variety of musical groups, covering styles. Some of his past and present associations include Portland State University Symphony Orchestra and Cascade Symphony Orchestra where he serves as Principal Violinist.