Benito Gonzalez

Benito Gonzalez

BandJazzLatin

progressive, whole-hearted jazz...virtuosic, Latin-inspired treatments delivered with a crowd-pleasing style...Great American Jazz Piano Competition Winner...

Biography

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.

Discography

"Live From New York" - Kenny Garrett Quartet featuring Pharoah Sanders, Nonesuch Records (to be released 2008)

Jazziz "The Key Players, 5" - Compilation, 2005

"Starting Point" - Benito Gonzalez, Multi Dimensional Music, 2004

"Bringing The Flame Home" - Oskeyerma Asante, Mapleshade Records, 2001

Set List

A concert of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards (45-90 minutes).