Benny Green
Benny Green

Benny Green

About Benny Green

An adept jazz pianist with a deep understanding of the acoustic bebop, hard bop, and post-bop traditions, Benny Green built upon his early years as a prodigy, maturing into a nuanced and sophisticated virtuoso. Influenced by artists like Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, and Oscar Peterson, Green emerged in the late 1980s, garnering praise for his work with veterans like Betty Carter, Art Blakey, and Ray Brown. He has regularly led his own groups, playing with luminaries like Peter Washington, Kenny Washington, Carl Allen, and Christian McBride, and releasing a bevy of well-regarded albums, including 1993's That's Right!, 1999's These Are Soulful Days, and 2011's Source. While standards and acoustic straight-ahead jazz are his main focus, he has continued to expand his approach, exploring his own inventive compositions on 2013's Magic Beans, and playing the eclectic Rhodes keyboard on 2020's Benny's Crib.

  • HOMETOWN
    New York, NY
  • BORN
    April 4, 1963

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