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 two years touring with international jazz artist, Kenny Garrett, he added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. Benito has shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton and Jackie Mclean.
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 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in addition to many other noted jazz venues.
2005 Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition,
Emerging Artist Grant from the
D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities in 2003.
Steinway grand piano.
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“the pianist’s arrangements allow the listener to get lost in [the]
structure of his works, the
crescendos of ensemble fireworks, and the often bluesy
intersperses throughout. If this
represents Gonzalez’s Starting Point, I can’t wait to hear what
Mark Holston, Jazziz
“The standout track here is a graceful “I’ll Remember April,”
fiery soloing from pianist
Benito Gonzalez." - Lucy Tauss, JazzTimes
“Gonzalez played with a vibrant and exciting style. Often
aggressive solos he raised off the
bench to get better leverage to pound out the notes…He
versatility by slowing the pace for
the ballad.” - Dan MacDonald, Florida Times-Union
New York City
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Benito teaches students privately in New York City. Videocasted lessons can be
arranged to students
anywhere in the world. For full information on Benito's studio, visit
Benito has given masterclasses alongside jazz greats:
Artist Collective, Hartford, CT: Rene McLean
New Haven University, CT: Rene McLean
Howard University, DC: Rene McLean
George Washington University, DC: Antonio Sanchez