Archive for April 11, 2012

2012 Piano | Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary and smooth jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases “This Side Up”, “Freedom at Midnight” and the GRAMMY nominated “Every Step of the Way” are considered influential genre classics. Among his other Grammy nominations (5 in total) are those for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance. His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums “Fuzzy Logic”, “Right Here, Right Now”, “Full Circle” and “Heroes”, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.

Benoit’s ever expanding slate of orchestral music endeavors include his ongoing role as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and leading such eminent orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of London, Nuremberg, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Jose. In 2009, Benoit performed and conducted Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” with the Asia America Symphony Orchestra in a show that included Broadway great Lea Salonga.

Through 2010, Benoit released his latest album “Earthglow” and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Smooth Jazz Awards.

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Glendale’s award-winning Jazz & Blues Festival will feature an equally phenomenal lineup of headlining acts when music takes center stage in downtown Glendale April 14-15.

Glendale’s two-day music festival, its 29th annual in fact, always brings in well-known national and regional acts to headline the entertainment that incorporates tremendous local acts, as well.

The Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival will run noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Admission is free. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues.

The city of Glendale’s 29th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival is produced by Glendale’s Office of Special Events, and sponsored by The Arizona Republic, ABC 15, KMLE, KOOL, JAMZ, the Glendale Arts Commission, the Phoenix Coyotes, Snapple, Sedona Pines, Pacific Monarch, Residence Inn and Springhill Suites.

Dominic Amato is playing among other performers at the Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival.

Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th & Glendale Aves, Glendale, Arizona 85301