Gerald Benson has played with many musicians throughout US east coast, most notably, Monette Sudler, Charles Gayle, Odean Pope, David Murray, Marlon Simon and Mitch Avery. He is one of the most sought after bass players in the Philadelphia area where he resides. For the past 10 yrs. Gerald has been playing and singing jazz at the well known club and restaurant, Sotto, located on the Avenue of the Arts in Philly.
Gerald Benson was born in Camden New Jersey. He started playing the Tuba in Elementary school and High School During high school Gerald started playing the upright bass. In his junior year he began his classical studies with Robert Riccardi, Bassist from the Pennsylvania Ballet. After a couple of years of studying Gerald joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. received a scholarship to attend the Red Fox Music Camp. A few years later Gerald Attended The New School of Music in Philadelphia, Gerald studied there for five years. He Graduated in 1980, Certificate of Double Bass. Before going to music school Gerald began playing Jazz gigs around South Jersey and Philadelphia. In the seventies Gerald recorded with the well known female jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler. [ Time for a change ] on the Steeple Chase Label. Later he joined the Change of the Century Orchestra, featuring Archie Shepp, David Murray , Philly Joe Jones, Grechun Moncure, Sunny Murray, Robin Eubanks, Monnette Sudler, Kahn Jamal, Odean Pope, and Romalus Franchescini Conductor. In 1980 Gerald was invited to the National Black Music Colloquium & Competition, which took place at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Gerald was asked to perform the solo bass work [ Seven Situations For Double Bass ] written by Composer Aurther Cunningham.