Piano Jazz Series: Benito Gonzalez at Zinc
Tuesday March 14, 8:30 pm
One event on Tuesday March 14, 2023 at 8:30 pm
Acclaimed jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez brings his trio to the Zinc for a splendid evening of jazz piano on Tuesday, March 14.
Two times Grammy nominee pianist Benito Gonzalez is an internationally beloved artist who combines a long lineage of American jazz traditions with rhythms from around the world. He’s worked with dozens of the greats, and he always brings some of the best rhythm section players in the world. Expect to hear an elite trio performing Original music, McCoy Tyner classics, or even a favorite John Coltrane tune.
Benito is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.
Benito’s acclaimed album, Passion Reverence Transcendence Featuring: (Essiet Okon Essiet and Gerry Gibbs), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser. Recently, Benito received more critical attention for his work on this great tribute to Music Legend “McCoy Tyner” also received two Grammy Nominations with The Kenny Garrett Quartet, The albums Seeds from the Underground, and Pushing The World Away.
After seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. In 2019, he joined legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders as a pianist and musical director. Benito also shared the stage with Dave Liebman, Roy Hargrove, Jackie McLean, Gary Bartz, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Lenny White, Billy Hart, Ignacio Berroa, Buster Williams, Victor Bailey, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, Mark Gross, T. K. Blue, and Azar Lawrence.