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Benny Green Trio

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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Pianist Benny Green's new trio plays music from his latest hard-bopping album ‘Happiness!’ with swinging joy and finesse. Green developed his leanly lyrical and propulsive playing in the star-making bands of three powerful master musicians: singer Betty Carter, drummer Art Blakey and bassist Ray Brown.

Over 20 years, Green has released a string of fine records, including Greensand Kaleidoscope on Blue Note, and Telarc’s Naturally with bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone, as well as playing on scores of records by top artist like Diana Krall, Freddie Hubbard and Milt Jackson. In 1993, the great pianist Oscar Peterson picked Green to receive Toronto’s Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music and later recorded the dazzling Oscar & Benny album with him. Green’s new release, Happiness!, features his elegant and hard-bopping original music. 

Benny Green piano
Dezron Douglas bass
Kenny Washington drums

Benny Green is a consummate jazz pianist. He’s mastered all the past styles from Kansas City stride to Bill Evans to bebop and beyond...
— All About Jazz
Green is a young classicist... he plays funky and hard, and breathes not only bebop but Oscar Peterson’s virtuosic effusions as well.
— The New York Times
Green laid it all out: his leaping percussive touch and nonstop bebop flow, his splayed joy-spring chords, Thelonious Monk stabs and gospel voicings.
— San Jose Mercury News
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