Benjamin Sears (with Bradford Conner)
Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner have been performing together since 1989. They are among those rare performers who combine entertaining performances with outstanding historical research and who can claim Irving Berlin and George & Ira Gershwin premieres. In 1997 they made music history with Oh Kay, Oh George, a first-time concert pairing of songs and music by romantic and musical colleagues Kay Swift and George Gershwin, featuring many rarely heard Swift songs along with premieres of two unpublished George & Ira Gershwin songs. Their reputation as Gershwin performers was honored by the selection of their recordings to be part of the Interactive Kiosk at the new George & Ira Gershwin Room at the Library of Congress.
These are people you want to hear. (Richard Buell, Boston Globe)
Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner appear to take particular delight in performing the songs of America's pop masters, and they dig deep into their catalogs to make even the most knowledgeable aficionados happily surprised. (Irv Lichtman, Billboard)
...Our best local archivists of the heritage of old show tunes and popular songs. (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe)
...The delightful cabaret team of Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner. Lloyd Schwartz, Boston Phoenix