The Century Room Presents
Benny Benack III: A Lot of Livin’ To Do
— Night One —
Friday, August 5
1st set: 6pm doors / 7pm show
2nd set: 8:30pm doors / 9pm show
$20 adv / $23 dos / $25 “Dinner & Show” Reserved / $30 Two Day Pass
Dinner & Show Reserved ticket includes Cup Cafe reservation for 5pm and reserved seating near the stage in the Century Room for the 7pm set. Limited quantity available.
There is a one drink minimum for all guests in the showroom.
By age 28, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be a rare talent: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Blue Mitchell, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of originally composed vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). And he’s a highly capable pianist as well.
Benny performs widely as a frontman for Postmodern Jukebox, the vintage music collective famed for canny old-school covers of modern pop. In early 2020, he released A Lot of Livin’ to Do, the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut album, One of a Kind. This sophomore effort, richly varied in mood and brimming with bop inflection, features bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride and drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., as well as the radiant Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes.
Benny Benack III and Century Room founder Arthur Vint attended the Manhattan School of Music together where they played in Bobby Sanabria’s Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra and recorded the critically acclaimed album “¡Que Viva Harlem!” They reconnect at the Century Room for this special two night engagement!