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Benny Green – Solo Piano

Aug 9, Friday - 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Benny Green received an invaluable early education from artists like Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown. Committed to playing honest jazz without needing recognition, Benny seeks to stand as a torchbearer for the continuum of straight-ahead jazz piano.

At the age of 19, Green moved to New York City to join legendary vocalist Betty Carter’s band and never looked back.  He would then assume the piano chair with some of jazz’s most important instrumental groups, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, and the Ray Brown Trio. From these artists, he learned  to embody the artform and master the music.

​In 1988, he released his debut album as a leader, Prelude, on Criss Cross Records, featuring Terrence Blanchard, Javon Jackson, Peter Washington, and Tony Reedus.  In 1990, he signed with Blue Note Records, and subsequently released seven albums on the label.  These records featured some of the best working jazz musicians, including Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Christian McBride, Victor Lewis, Lewis Nash and Carl Allen. In 2000 he began recording with Telarc Records, featuring his collaboration with guitarist Russell Malone.

Since 2013, he has released five albums on Sunnyside Records, and plans to release a  solo piano recording in the coming year.

Taking inventory of the music industry and societal perception of jazz today, Benny Green states that he is committed to the truth of what has been given by people who lived and died for this music. “Playing honest jazz is precious to my human existence. I’ve never felt a need or a calling to become one who’s thought of or labeled as an innovator. Rather, I’ve strived since childhood to become an authentic jazz musician, and I seek to stand as a torchbearer for the continuum of straight-ahead jazz piano.”

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At the age of 19, Green moved to New York City to join legendary vocalist Betty Carter’s band and never looked back.  He would then assume the piano chair with some of jazz’s most important instrumental groups, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, and the Ray Brown Trio. From these artists, he learned  to embody the artform and master the music.

​In 1988, he released his debut album as a leader, Prelude, on Criss Cross Records, featuring Terrence Blanchard, Javon Jackson, Peter Washington, and Tony Reedus.  In 1990, he signed with Blue Note Records, and subsequently released seven albums on the label.  These records featured some of the best working jazz musicians, including Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Christian McBride, Victor Lewis, Lewis Nash and Carl Allen. In 2000 he began recording with Telarc Records, featuring his collaboration with guitarist Russell Malone.

Since 2013, he has released five albums on Sunnyside Records, and plans to release a  solo piano recording in the coming year.

Taking inventory of the music industry and societal perception of jazz today, Benny Green states that he is committed to the truth of what has been given by people who lived and died for this music. “Playing honest jazz is precious to my human existence. I’ve never felt a need or a calling to become one who’s thought of or labeled as an innovator. Rather, I’ve strived since childhood to become an authentic jazz musician, and I seek to stand as a torchbearer for the continuum of straight-ahead jazz piano.”

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Photo by Don Dixon