On Saturday, May 21, THE 222 will be swinging when Benny Green performs a solo jazz piano concert on the amazing, new Yamaha concert grand piano. Benny has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. An expert in piano technique with decades of real-world experience, he’s played with no less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, counting Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson among his influencers.
Benny Green is the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him by his musical mentors. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Green has become a highly regarded pianist and bandleader. His efforts to expand upon the language of the classical jazz canon have placed him not only among the best interpreters but also among the vanguard of musicians keeping jazz’s evolution going.
LISTEN Benny Green, Solo Piano
LISTEN Benny Green, Trio