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Benny Green

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned into Jazz: "I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I'd been hearing from my father's collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself". Benny played in school bands before hooking up with Jazz singer Fay Carroll: "That was good training for me in terms of accompaniment and learning about the blues, and she also gave me a chance to play trio, opening for her every night." As a teenager he worked with Eddie Henderson, and got some big band experience with a 12-piece group led by Chuck Israels

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley

With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley: Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley:  Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies  “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi will release Another Kind of Soul 24th April on The Last Music Company label. The album, recorded live at Luton’s Bear Club in 2019 by Paul Riley, also features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. The session traces the ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Green

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Green

All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Green's birthday today! Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned into Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

How to Play a Tin Whistle Like Michael Brecker

Read "How to Play a Tin Whistle Like Michael Brecker" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I was talking to a musician friend of mine the other day, asking her how her move from Brooklyn to Forrest Hills was going. She said, “I love it! I love the neighborhood and best of all, musically, I'm not running any more jam sessions at the moment, just doing gigs—and practicing! It's great."

ARTICLE: RADIO

Matthew Whitaker, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Squirrel Nut Zippers and More

Read "Matthew Whitaker, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Squirrel Nut Zippers and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we caught up with young pianist Matthew Whitaker who was in our studios. In this episode we also feature clips from the February 2020 Kansas City shows of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Squirrel Nut Zippers. We also spoke with both Ron Burris and Sam Hirsh and showcase their new music. Thanks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Stories: Speakin' Out

Read "Speakin' Out" reviewed by Jack Bowers

New Stories is a seasoned piano trio (and a very good one) rendered even more persuasive on Speakin' Out by the singular presence (on five of nine tracks) of renowned saxophone maestro Ernie Watts. The trio itself consists of pianist Marc Seales, bassist Doug Miller and drummer (and Origin Records founder) John Bishop. The wide-selling album, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

My Dear Acquaintance - A Happy New Year

Read "My Dear Acquaintance - A Happy New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

My last broadcast of the decade included several women-penned songs for New Years Eve, with new releases by Boogaloo Joe Jones, Kris Davis and Cathy Segal-Garcia, plus birthday shout outs to Cab Calloway, Una Mae Carlisle, Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Annie Lennox and Janice Friedman, among others. Also remembering those artists lost in 2019 with a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was this dozen plus of recordings, among many that deserve mention, that gratefully, again and again and again, pulled my attention away from binge watching the destruction of our cherished, yet all too vulnerable democracy. These are the recordings of 2019 that made it evident that we all need to remain vigilant and engaged, or ...


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