Ben McCarroll-Butler is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Toronto.
Ben is a member of many bands including The Holy Gasp, Decoration Day, Bassline, and the large ensembles Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra (SSJO) and We Are All. Ben leads his own group The Band Named Crow, a large ensemble playing original music based on the surreal novels of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
With these groups and others, Ben performs regularly on saxophones, clarinets and flute. He has played in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Somewhere There Festival and Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival.
Ben is also an Artistic Associate with Spectrum Music, a local collective of composers. Spectrum programs 4 themed concerts a year, crossing genre divides, connecting communities and telling compelling musical stories that resonate with audiences. Ben's writing and arranging has been recognized with the 2016 Ken Page Memorial Trust Award In Memory of Ron Collier, the 2015 Dave Stillwell Arranging Award and the 2015 Spectrum Music 'New Voices' Young Composer's Residency.