Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned into Jazz: I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I'd been hearing from my father's collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself. Benny played in school bands before hooking up with Jazz singer Fay Carroll: That was good training for me in terms of accompaniment and learning about the blues, and she also gave me a chance to play trio, opening for her every night.
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