Benito Gonzalez

Saturday - August, 04 @ 8:00pm

Benito Gonzalez

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Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.

Gonzalez has a golden touch on the piano, whether he’s playing a ballad or swinging for the fences.
– the JazzPage

Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser. Recently, Benito received more critical attention for his work on Garrett’s Grammy-Nominated album ‘Seeds from the Underground’.

Gonzalez proves he can handle just about
anything thrown his musical way.

– KeyboardMag

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared 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.

Gonzalez flashes killer chops and swings intensely alongside his world-class bandmates
– Blues & Soul

His multi-cultural talents have led to frequent recording dates, from American jazz masters such as Kenny Garrett and Azar Lawrence, to West African musicians and Latin bands. Benito has also served as musical director for several Venezuelan Recording Artists.

Presently, Benito is touring the world with numerous jazz clubs an international festivals to his credit, including several extensive tours of Europe as leader of his own Benito Gonzalez Trio.

...Benito Gonzalez. Remember that name. A future star.
– Blues & Soul

Upcoming Events

Sassafras Stomp

Friday, August 17th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Samuel James & D. Gross

Friday, August 17th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Kelly Laurence Quintet

Friday, August 17th

10:00 PM - 11:59 PM

Carl Dimow Quartet (Flute Season)

Saturday, August 18th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Chris Klaxton

Saturday, August 18th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Nihco Gallo

Saturday, August 18th

10:00 PM - 11:59 PM

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650A Congress Street, Portland ME

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Sun: 6PM-Close

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

Unless the show is ticketed we are always No Cover and we let you decide how much to Donate to the Musicians if you are so inclined.