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Benny Benack III

At the age of 28, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based Jazz trumpeter & singer Benny Benack III has quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer”, Benack has a knack for delighting audiences with panache, in the spirit of classic crooners like Sinatra & Mel Tormé, with a nod to legendary trumpet showmen Louis Armstrong & Dizzy Gillespie. Equally comfortable in both Jazz and Pop settings, Benack has worked with some of the greatest acts in music today, touring domestically as a trumpet soloist with Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, as well as European engagements with Jazz Bass extraordinaire Christian McBride

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Good Spirits

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Inner Glimpse; For the Great Gerald Cannon; I Will Wait for You; There But for the Grace Of; Isotope; Beeb’s Lament; Beijo Partito; Straight Life.

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Article: Album Review

Alexander Claffy: Good Spirits

Read "Good Spirits" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bassist Alexander Claffy's quintet dashes from the starting gate on Good Spirits with a fiery reading of McCoy Tyner's propulsive “Inner Glimpse," setting the tone for a bright and animated session whose spirit is undeniably good. The album was recorded “live" (no audience) at GB's Juke Joint in New York City “at the height of the ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Vocalist Anais Reno

Read "Meet Vocalist Anais Reno" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When she was eight years old, Anais Reno (now 18) began taking voice lessons from singer/songwriter Sarah Tolar. “I feel very grateful to her," Reno said, “because after a couple of months of working together, she sensed that maybe some older American Songbook music would be ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Benny Benack III: Presentation matters

Read "Benny Benack III: Presentation matters" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Benny Benack III didn't necessarily start out thinking he would be a hipster crooner. He spent his 10,000 hours dealing with the trumpet, and he's still dealing with it. He tells me that he brings it with him everywhere--even on dates. He says, “Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Roy Hargrove, and Clark Terry were my early idols ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hard Sledding

Read "Hard Sledding" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Like musicians in every genre, jazzers can't resist the lure of making Christmas and/or holiday themed albums from time to time. Some of the efforts turn into timeless classics. But let's be real—most of 'em don't. We talk about two recent efforts, an oddity from the 'ninties, and one of Capitol records many repackaging of their ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Kinetic

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Kinetic; Unveiling of a Mirror; The Sphinx; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On the Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

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Meets The Alexander Claffy Trio

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sweet Lorraine; Greenbacks; What's Happening Brother? When A Man Loves A Woman; On The Street Where You Live; Tennessee Waltz; Ain't That Love; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; Can't Hide Love; Did You Call Her Today?; For All We Know.

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Wisdom Path

Label: Corona Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Journey; Poetic Prophets; Mystery Man; Pandemic; Wisdom Path; Candle Kites; Smoky Sanctuary; Ode to Shehan; Maeklong Railway; Reunion; Promise


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