Jingle Jazz
Sunday, December 6th at 7 pm
El Rey Theatre

BENNY GREEN TRIO
featuring bassist David Wong and
drummer Rodney Green

ROBERTA GAMBARINI
featuring pianist Tamir Hendelman,
bassist Chuck Berghofer, and
drummer Joe LaBarbera

Tickets
A limited number of Jingle Jazz tickets will be available at the door on Sunday, December 6th, beginning at 5:30 pm.

ADDRESS
El Rey Theatre
5515 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

Parking
Valet parking for $10 is available directly in front of the El Rey. Additional parking is available at a self parking lot directly across the street from the El Rey, and in a covered parking lot 2 blocks east.
Benny Green

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Benny Green, unconditionally, is the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him, personally, by his musical mentors. His most recent recordings, Live in Santa Cruz (2015) and Magic Beans (2012) (Sunnyside) are shining examples of his brilliance. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Benny 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.

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird... it was a gradual process of teaching myself”. Benny never looked back and never stopped learning as his blossoming talents, supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others, plus his love for the music propelled him to the upper strata of jazz luminaries.

His recordings with the masters form a foundation of jazz education. Some notable highlights include: Beginning his touring life with Betty Carter for four years and realizing a life-long dream of becoming a Jazz Messenger; In 1993 Oscar Peterson chose Benny as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music culminating in Oscar & Benny (1998) recorded for Telarc. Appearing on well over one hundred recordings, with legacy artists such as: Betty Carter (including Grammy award winner Look What I Got), Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Watson, Milt Jackson, Diana Krall, and he is particularly featured in Ray Brown’s trio series of CD’s for Telarc: Bass Face (1993), Don’t get Sassy (1994), Some of my best friends ... (1994), Seven Steps to Heaven (1995), Super Bass (1996) and Live at Sculler’s (1996), to fresh faces like Japan’s young drum virtuouso, Tiger Onitsuka.

As the leader of his own groups, Benny’s recording career began with two albums for the Dutch label Criss Cross: Prelude (1988) and In This Direction (1989). In 1990 Green started recording for Blue Note: Lineage (1990), Greens (1991), Testifiyin’ (1992), That’s Right! (1993), The Place To Be (1994), Kaleidoscope (1997) and These Are Soulful Days (1999). In 2000, his debut recording on Telarc Jazz entitled Naturally was released, which featured bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone. In 2001, Green’s Blues, a solo piano date and in 2003 Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc), a duo recording with Malone, followed by Bluebird (2004), again pairing Green with Malone. A hiatus from recording produced Benny’s 2011 trio date, Source (JLP).

ROBERTA GAMBARINI

Barely 2 weeks after setting foot on American soil for the 1st time, Roberta surprised the jazz world by finishing 3rd in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. With this recognition as a springboard, and the assistance of some of the greatest musicians in the world, she quickly became a fixture on the International Jazz circuit, appearing in major concert halls, festivals, & clubs around the globe (Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl and more).

As a result Roberta has had the good fortune to appear in concert & record with such giants as Dave Brubeck, James Moody, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Michel & Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, Eric Gunnison, Neil Swainson, Toots Thielemans, Paquito D’Rivera, Mark O’Conner, Cyrus Chestnut, Percy Heath, Ron Carter, Johnny Griffin, John Lee, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Ray Drummond, George Cables, James Morrison, Kenny Burrell and many others.

Roberta’s 1st CD, Easy to Love, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award as was her 3rd, So In Love, which was also awarded the Grand Prix du Jazz Vocal 2009 by the Jazz Academy of France. She was twice named the “Female Jazz Singer of the Year” by The Jazz Journalists Association 2007 & 2009.  One of the most important music figures of the 20th century, the late Benny Carter, cited Roberta as his favorite singer.  In 2008 Roberta recorded a superb duet album titled You Are There with the legendary pianist Hank Jones. Mr. Jones- who accompanied most of the celebrated vocalists of 20th Century, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Nat King Cole - declared Roberta Gambarini “The Best Singer to Emerge in the Last 60 Years.”

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