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Benito Gonzalez

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 14, 1975    

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....
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Awards

2005 Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Awarded the Emerging Artist Grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities in 2003.
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Featured recording “Starting Point”

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Starting Point

Self Produced (2004)

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“the pianist’s arrangements allow the listener to get lost in [the] suite-like structure of his works, the crescendos of ensemble fireworks, and the often bluesy musings he intersperses throughout. If this represents Gonzalez’s Starting Point, I can’t wait to hear what follows.” - Mark Holston, Jazziz

“The standout track here is a graceful “I’ll Remember April,” which features fiery soloing from pianist Benito Gonzalez.” - Lucy Tauss, JazzTimes

“Gonzalez played with a vibrant and exciting style. Often during his aggressive solos he raised off the bench to get better leverage to pound out the notes…He showed his versatility by slowing the pace for the ballad.” - Dan MacDonald, Florida Times-Union

“...[Kenny] Garrett began by pouring his unflagging melodic inventiveness into a 15-minute monologue, while his fiery young band thrashed around him...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundBenito teaches students privately in New York City. Videocasted lessons can be arranged to students anywhere in the world. For full information on Benito's studio, visit www.gonzalez.synthasite.com.

Clinic/Workshop InformationBenito has given masterclasses alongside jazz greats: Artist Collective, Hartford, CT: Rene McLean
New Haven University, CT: Rene McLean
Howard University, DC: Rene McLean
George Washington University, DC: Antonio Sanchez

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