INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES
From New York
Benito González Trio
January 19, 2018
TICKETS - MEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28
DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM
Benito González - piano
Essiet Okon Essiet - bass
Francisco Mela - drums
Anyone who attended one of Azar Lawrence's three visits to the
Yardbird Suite can attest to the energy and excitement in the
performances of his pianist, Benito Gonzalez.
Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, González has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America's finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz's ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.
He has been recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received albums "Starting Point" and "Circles" in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and being part of Kenny Garrett's Grammy-nominated album "Seeds from the Underground".
Gonzalez toured for almost seven years Kenny Garrett and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Jackie MaLean and the aforementioned Azar Lawrence.
"Gonzalez has a golden touch on the piano,
whether he’s playing a ballad or swinging for the fences."