Benny Green (pianist)

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For the British jazz saxophonist, see Benny Green (saxophonist).
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Benny Green (born April 4, 1963) is a hard bop jazz pianist who was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has been compared to Bud Powell in style and counts him as an influence.[1]

Biography[edit]

Green was born in New York City. He grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied classical piano from the age of seven. He also had an interest in jazz from an early point, as his father was a jazz tenor saxophone player. Benny Green was "discovered" by Faye Carroll, and while still in his teens worked in a quintet led by Eddie Henderson. Green attended Berkeley High School, and participated in the school's jazz ensemble. In the later years of his high school career, he had a weekly trio gig at Yoshi's, which marked his entrance to the world of professional jazz. After high school he spent time in San Francisco, but became more successful on his return to New York.[2][3]

Green joined Betty Carter's band in April, 1983, and since 1991 he has led his own trio. He has recorded for Blue Note Records, Telarc, and Criss Cross Jazz.

Green frequently teaches in workshops across the United States, such as Jazz Camp West in California, and Centrum/Jazz Port Townsend in Washington. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is on faculty at the University of Michigan.[4]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • In This Direction (Criss Cross, 1988)
  • Prelude (Criss Cross, 1988)
  • Lineage (Blue Note, 1990)
  • Greens (Blue Note, 1991)
  • That's Right! (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Testifyin'!: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Place to Be (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Kaleidoscope (Blue Note, 1997)
  • Oscar and Benny (Telarc, 1998)
  • These Are Soulful Days (Blue Note, 1999)
  • Naturally (Telarc, 2000)
  • Green's Blues (Telarc, 2001)
  • Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc, 2003)
  • Bluebird (Telarc, 2004)
  • Source (Jazz Legacy, 2011)
  • Magic Beans ([[Sunnyside Records|Sunnyside , 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey

With Others

  • Bobby Watson Inventor (1989)
  • Jack Walrath I Am the Walrath (2000)
  • Jack Walrath & The Masters Out of the Tradition (1990)
  • Steve Turre Right There (1991)
  • Lew Tabackin Quartet What a Little Moonlight Can Do (1994)
  • Lew Tabackin Quartet Ill Be Seeing You (1992)
  • Jim Snidero Quartet While You Were Here (1991)
  • Jim Snidero Blue Afternoon (1989)
  • Jim Snidero Quintet Mixed Bag (1987)
  • Jimmy Ponder Steel City Soul (1998)
  • Jimmy Ponder Soul Eyes (1991)
  • Lisa Pollard I See Your Face Before Me (1993)
  • John Pizzarelli Dear Mr. Cole (1994)
  • Flip Phillips SwingIs the Thing! (2000)
  • Oscar & Benny Oscar Peterson & Benny Green (1998)
  • Oscar Peterson Tribute (1997)
  • Houston Person Santa Baby
  • Houston Person Little Houston on the Side (1999)
  • Houston Person Christmas with Houston Person and... (1994)
  • Houston Person Lion and His Pride (1991)
  • Amani A. W. Murray Amani A. W. Murray (1990)
  • Ralph Moore Complete Landmark Recordings (1999)
  • Ralph Moore Who It is You Are (1993)
  • Ralph Moore Furthermore (1990)
  • Ralph Moore Images (1988)
  • Ralph Moore Round Trip (1985)
  • Mingus Dynasty Next Generation Performs Charles... (1991)
  • Brian Lynch In Process (1991)
  • Michael Logan Night Out (1990)
  • Diana Krall All for You (1995)
  • Kristin Korb Introducing Kristin Korb With the... (1996)
  • Vince Jones One Day Spent (1991)
  • Etta Jones My Gentleman Friend (1994)
  • Etta Jones At Last (1993)
  • Randy Johnston Walk On (1991)
  • Jazz Futures Live in Concert (1991)
  • Ron Jackson Guitar Thing (1991)
  • Milt Jackson Burnin in the Woodhouse (1995)
  • Freddie Hubbard God Bless the Child (1998)
  • Freddie Hubbard Live at Fat Tuesday (1991)
  • Freddie Hubbard Topsy: Standard Book (1989)
  • Fred Horn Steady Freddy Collective Cuts (1995)
  • Jay Hoggard Little Tiger (1990)
  • Tim Hagans & Marcus... Hub Songs: The Music of Freddie... (1997)
  • George Gershwin S' Wonderful (1992)
  • Larry Gales Message from Monk (1990)
  • Mark Elf Minor Scramble (1996)
  • Dalida Annees Barclay (1997) Composer
  • Arnett Cobb/Jimmy Heath... Tenor Tribute, Vol. 2 (1988)
  • Arnett Cobb with Heath... Tenor Tribute, Vol. 1 (1988)
  • Betty Carter Look What I Got (1988)
  • Ray Brown Triple Play (1998)
  • Ray Brown with John... Super Bass (1997)
  • Ray Brown Live at Scullers Jazz Club (1996)
  • Ray Brown Some of My Best Friends Are... (1995)
  • Ray Brown Seven Steps to Heaven (1995)
  • Ray Brown Some of My Best Friends Are... (1994)
  • Ray Brown Trio With Benny... Dont Get Sassy (1994)
  • Ray Brown Bass Face (1993)
  • Cecil Brooks Our Mister Brooks (2000)
  • Cecil Brooks Hangin' With Smooth (1990)
  • Don Braden Wish List (1991)
  • Don Braden Quintet Time Is Now (1991)
  • Block 16 Morning Sun Remixed (2002)
  • Bob Belden When the Doves Cry: The Music of Prince (1993)
  • Bob Belden Ensemble Straight to My Heart: The Music of Sting (1989)
  • Gary Bartz, Shadows (Timeless, 1991)
  • Clark Terry One on One (2000)
  • Ray Brown Trio Walk On (2003)
  • Randy Napoleon Between Friends (2006)
  • Belinda Underwood Greenspace (2008)
  • Anat Cohen, Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scheinin, Richard (25 June 2013). "Review: Pianist Benny Green delivers sheer jazz joy – The Mercury News". San Jose Mercury. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bio". www.bennygreen.music. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Benny Green | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ "UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance - Faculty & Staff Biography". music.umich.edu. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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