Benito Gonzalez

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk and jazz musicians, pianist Benito Gonzalez is rooted in the past and tradition.

Considered a rising star on the American scene today, Benito emphasizes how this was made possible by following in the footsteps of his ancestors, then blending rhythms from around the world with very straightforward jazz. His magic touch on the piano, whether he plays ballads or swing pieces, makes him beloved everywhere.

Benito Gonzales has been recognized as an exciting pianist and composer since his debut album “Starting Point,” which came first in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

On the highly acclaimed second album “Circles (with Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), he emerges as a leader and great improviser.
Recently, Benito received much critical attention for his work “Seeds for Underground” at Garrett’s Grammi-Nominated.

After seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito participated in numerous international jazz festivals that raised his profile.
He shares the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence and Jackie McLean.

His talent led him to collaborations with world-class musicians, from American jazz masters such as Kenny Garrett and Azar Lawrence, to West African and Latin musicians, as well as being a producer for many Venezuelan artists.
Benito is currently touring through numerous jazz clubs and festivals around the world.

Benito Gonzalez the masterclass

h 17:00 – 19:00
Saint Louis

via del boschetto, 106