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David Benoit Quartet

Aug 9, Friday - 9pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Grammy Award-nominated pianist, composer and arranger David Benoit has reigned as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz for four decades. Benoit’s career as a contemporary jazz pianist has resulted in 40 solo recordings including Freedom at Midnight, Waiting for Spring and Shadows, which topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts.

He has received three Grammy Award nominations in the categories of Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for 1989’s Every Step of the Way, Best Large Ensemble Performance for 1996’s GRP All-Star Big Band and Best Instrumental Composition for “Dad’s Room,” from the album Professional Dreamer. In 2010, Benoit received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Smooth Jazz Awards. He has also worked with an impressive potpourri of musicians including the Rippingtons, Emily Remler, Alphonse Mouzon, Dave Koz, Faith Hill, David Sanborn, CeCe Winans, Keiko Matsui, Hiroshima, and Brian McKnight. 

Benoit has also been a popular film and television composer. His most notable film scores are The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall; and The Christmas Tree, voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Magazine; and his association with Charles Schulz and the famed Peanuts realm led to over 10 years composing music for Peanuts TV specials on CBS. 

He has served as conductor with a wide range of symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, London Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestra. His lauded orchestral works include a piano concerto, The Centaur and the Sphinx, and the symphonic work Kobe.

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He has received three Grammy Award nominations in the categories of Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for 1989’s Every Step of the Way, Best Large Ensemble Performance for 1996’s GRP All-Star Big Band and Best Instrumental Composition for “Dad’s Room,” from the album Professional Dreamer. In 2010, Benoit received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Smooth Jazz Awards. He has also worked with an impressive potpourri of musicians including the Rippingtons, Emily Remler, Alphonse Mouzon, Dave Koz, Faith Hill, David Sanborn, CeCe Winans, Keiko Matsui, Hiroshima, and Brian McKnight. 

Benoit has also been a popular film and television composer. His most notable film scores are The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall; and The Christmas Tree, voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Magazine; and his association with Charles Schulz and the famed Peanuts realm led to over 10 years composing music for Peanuts TV specials on CBS. 

He has served as conductor with a wide range of symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, London Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestra. His lauded orchestral works include a piano concerto, The Centaur and the Sphinx, and the symphonic work Kobe.

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Personnel

David Benoit, piano
Justin Klunk, saxophone
Other bandmates TBA