Benny Green

Benny Green

Benny Green

Monk's Dream: 50 Years Fresh

Monday, October 10, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Benny Green
Monk's Birthday Bash Series: Dedications  

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Benny Green

With his prodigious technique, quicksilver left hand, and unstoppable sense of swing, Berkeley-raised Benny Green is often associated with the late piano titan Oscar Peterson, who anointed him as a worthy successor. But Green cites Thelonious Monk as his first piano passion, and he’s assembled a superlative band for “Monk’s Dream,” a project that revisits the material from Monk’s classic 1962 Columbia album and celebrates the jazz legend’s 94th birthday on 10/10. Built upon his wondrously sympathetic trio with two of New York’s most sought after accompanists, SF-raised bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), Monk’s Dream features the torrid saxophone of New Orleans altoist Donald Harrison, a singularly funk-steeped player who first made a major impact with Art Blakey in the early 1980s. It was around the same time that Green gained national exposure during a formative four-year run with vocalist extraordinaire and ace talent scout Betty Carter. At a time when jazz overflowed with players deep into Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, Green emerged as a particularly fluent advocate of the blues and gospel-drenched hard bop sound pioneered by Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons. He is uniquely qualified to carry on Thelonious Monk’s huge legacy.

Artist Personnel

Benny Green piano
Donald Harrison alto saxophone
Peter Washington bass
Kenny Washington drums 

Artist Website

"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