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Benito Gonzalez / Bio

The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz make this
Passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.
Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and
composer for his well-received debut album, “Starting Point”
(Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez,Rene McLean, Ron Blake)
and as winner of the 2005 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Presently, Benito is creating a very personal body of work for his
sophomore album as a leader that will feature him as an improviser.
After six years touring with jazz master, Kenny Garrett, he added
numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit.
Benito has shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders,
Azar Lawrence,Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride,Victor Bailey,
Ignacio Berroa, Billy Hart, Al Foster,Jeff"Tain"Watts, Roy Hargrove,Rene McLean,
Steve Turre, Hamiet Bluiett,Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas
Payton, Jackie Mclean and Kenny Garrett.

His multi-cultural talents have led to frequent recording dates;
from American jazz masters to West African musicians to Latin
bands. He has also served as musical director for several Venezuelan
recording artists.

The Benito Gonzalez Trio has appeared at The Kennedy Center,
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of
Maryland and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in addition to many
other noted jazz Festivals and Venues around the world.

General Info

Band Members
Essiet Essiet/Bass, Jeff"Tain"Watts/Drums, Benito Gonzalez/Piano, Azar Lawrence/Sax.
Artist Name
Benito Gonzalez
Profile Page
Jazz / Latin / Fusion

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY
Vernon H. Hammond III, Phone: 609 734 7403