Benny Green Trio With David Wong & Kenny Washington; Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Two Nights – Live Recording Project!
Benny Green Trio
With David Wong & Kenny Washington

Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25
Kuumbwa Jazz

“One of jazz’s finest pianists.” – Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle

Kuumbwa Jazz is honored to present the Benny Green Trio in a rare two- night engagement to be recorded for future release. Through the years, Green’s flawless, two-handed precision on the piano has accompanied the vocal artistry of Betty Carter, served in the ranks of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and went on to replace Gene Harris in the Ray Brown Trio. Top drummer Kenny Washington has been in Benny’s trio since its establishment a decade-and-a-half ago. Washington is a respected “keeper of the hard bop flame” in the mold of Philly Joe Jones and Max Roach. Bassist David Wong is relatively new to the trio, but like Benny and Kenny, demonstrates a flair for tasteful swinging that burns bright.

Born in New York, but raised in Berkeley, California, Benny Green started piano at age 6. His father was a tenor saxophonist and a jazz fan with a large record collection that entranced young Benny. Thelonious Monk was an early inspiration, but Benny listened to all of the great jazz pianists. By his teens, he was playing gigs with trumpeter Eddie Henderson and saxophonist Bobby Watson. He left the Bay Area for New York City, with his sights set on the piano chair of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. But, in 1983, Betty Carter, always on the lookout for talented young players, “discovered” Benny playing in a jazz trio at a small bar and snagged him for her own band. He refers to his time with the iconoclastic singer as a wonderful, educational period in his early career.

After four very productive years, Green “graduated” from the “University of Betty Carter” as a seasoned, first-rate accompanist. In 1987, Green was invited to join Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, finally realizing his childhood dream. Like Carter, Blakey was another long-time curator of up-and-coming jazz talent. After several years of excellent music making, he left Blakey to work with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard, himself a Jazz Messenger alumnus. He toured with Freddie Hubbard, and occasionally led his own trios over the next couple of years. In 1993, Benny replaced pianist Gene Harris in the trio of bass legend Ray Brown. Shortly thereafter, they recorded BassFace: Live at the Kuumbwa, for Tel Arc Records. In 1997, Benny re-established his solo career, experimenting with, and exploring, different avenues of expression. He has continued to perform and record with a diverse range of musicians, including Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Anat Cohen. His most recent CD, Magic Beans, is his first self-produced album of all original music by his trio. And now, Benny returns to make an in-concert recording, marking a twenty-year milestone since his first recording with the Ray Brown Trio at Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Don’t miss this very special concert engagement!

Benny Green Trio – Live Recording!

DATE: Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25, 2013  (2 nights)
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door; No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Anna Sala

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