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"COMMON GOALS, UNCOMMON TONES : Damian Catera & Bryan Beninghove"

JC's Jazzman

"Bryan Beninghove, who is also on the bill, in some ways represents the opposite side of the coin. As a jazz musician, Beninghove has performed in front of everyone and anyone for quite some time."..."As a performer, Beninghove is both a people-pleaser and a jazz cat with serious chops and an unquenchable thirst for musical creativity and expression."

"Beninghove has led, and continues to lead, a variety of eclectic jazz combos. Over the years, he has occasionally found himself performing in some of the same high-profile area venues as Catera, such as Tonic and the Knitting Factory. In the past, Beninghove has collaborated with the likes of eclectic rock band Lake Trout, the New York-based free-jazz LemonJuice Quartet, and the famed Antibalis collective. Throughout 2005 and 2006, his weekly gigs in Jersey City found him collaborating with a different group of players each week. Over the course of approximately one year, approximately 30 musicians passed through the flexible bands from week to week. Members of Beninghove's current bands include organist Kyle Koehler, who has also played with Lou Donaldson, and.drummer Big Don Williams, who for many years played with soul-jazz legends such as Jimmy Smith, Richard Groove Holmes, Jimmy McGriff and Big John Patton."

"Beninghove's quartet, consisting of Gene Seigel on guitar, Matt Kane on drums and Joe Bussey on bass, will perform at MusicFest for the Homeless; Beninghove will likely be featured on saxophone and clarinet. The band often incorporates a high swath of jazz styles into its performances, often touching on funk, soul, samba and Latin music. When asked what the set is likely to include on Wednesday, Beninghove suggested, "a little bit of jazz, some free music and some Latin groves."

"In addition to this quartet, Beninghove is currently active in several other long-term projects. He has recently collaborated with HEERNT, a project led by Mark Guilliana. Beninghove also leads his own band, Big In Jersey, consisting of John Powell on trumpet, Yayoi Ikawa on electric piano, Joe Bussey on electric bass, Gene Segal on guitar and Matt Kane on drums, which casts Beninghove in a more fusion-oriented light."

By Vincent Berrini
January 29, 2007 - CityBelt


Still working on that hot first release.



Bryan Beninghove is a tireless bandleader whose innovative projects span numerous genres. Originally hailing from Westminster, MD, a rural suburb of Baltimore, Bryan brings a blue collar earthiness to the world of jazz. Before becoming a full time professional musician, he worked for different steel shops, carpenters, & he bartended. Drawing from these diverse experiences, Bryan has always played with an urgent grittiness, a sense of humor, & a strong foundation in the blues.

Bryan has performed with such jazz luminaries as Eddie Henderson, Rufus Reid, Ron Affif, & Jamey Haddad as well as young guns like Mark Guiliana, Sam Barsh, Duane Eubanks, and Rick Parker. Bryan has also performed with the hard rock group Clutch, the indie band Lake Trout, & beatbox extraordinaire Taylor McFerrin.

Currently, Mr. Beninghove has been leading many different projects. The Organ Trio! consists of Kyle Koehler (Lou Donaldson, Bootsy Collins) on Hammond B3 and Don Williams (Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Arthur Prysock) on drums. The repertoire is reminiscent of the 60s Newark sound, lots of grits and gravy!

Bryan Beninghove & the Hangmen is the latest project, a quintet featuring Rick Parker on trombone, Eyal Maoz on guitar, Kellen Harrison on bass, and Shawn Baltazor on drums. "David Lynch meets Nightmare Before Christmas". Another long time project, Big in Jersey is an electric sextet in the seventies Miles realm. Mr. Beninghove also leads Soul Connection, an eight piece funk/dance band that specializes in corporate functions.

Music education has always been a priority in Bryan's life. Since receiving a bachelor's degree in music from William Paterson University, he has spent countless hours teaching privately, running ensembles for all ages, putting on clinics, and running a jazz camp for kids each summer.