Pianist Benny Green - National Act

  • February 23, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
  • Noce

    1326 Walnut Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Ticket Price $36.00-$104.00 This event is now over

Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real-world experience, playing with some of the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Benny Green has been hailed as one of the most exciting hard-swinging pianists to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Benny is the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him, personally, by his musical mentors. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Benny has become a highly regarded pianist and bandleader of his own right.

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself”. Benny never looked back and never stopped learning as his blossoming talents, supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others, plus his love for the music propelled
him to the upper strata of Jazz luminaries.

Benny’s list of credits, accomplishments, and accolades could literally fill a book. His recordings with the masters form a foundation of Jazz education. Some notable highlights include beginning his touring life with Betty Carter for four years and realizing a lifelong dream of becoming a Jazz Messenger; being chosen by Oscar Peterson in 1993 as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music (culminating in Oscar & Benny (1998) recorded for Telarc). Appearing on well over one hundred recordings, with legacy artists such as Betty Carter (including Grammy award winner Look What I Got), Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Watson, Milt Jackson, Diana Krall, and being particularly featured in Ray Brown’s trio series of CD’s for Telarc: Bass Face (1993), Don’t get Sassy (1994), Some of my best friends … (1994), Seven Steps to Heaven (1995), Super Bass (1996) and Live at Sculler’s (1996).

As the leader of his own groups, Benny’s recording career began with two albums for the Dutch label Criss Cross: Prelude (1988) and In This Direction (1989). In 1990 Green started recording for Blue Note: Lineage (1990), Greens (1991), Testifiyin’ (1992), That’s Right! (1993), The Place To Be (1994), Kaleidoscope (1997) and These Are Soulful Days (1999). His debut recording on Telarc Jazz, entitled Naturally, was released in 2000, and were followed by Green’s Blues (2001) (a solo piano date), Jazz at the Bistro (2003) (a duo recording Russell Malone) and Bluebird (2004) (again pairing Green with Malone). A hiatus from recording produced Benny’s 2011 trio date, Source (JLP). Recording for Sunnyside since 2013, Benny has released Magic Beans (2013), Live in Santa Cruz (2015), Happiness (2107) Then and Now (2018) and Benny’s Crib (2020) on that label.

Date & Time

Fri, Feb 23, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Venue Details


1326 Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309 Noce

Noce is a modern jazz club and cabaret established to present Des Moines with some of the greatest jazz music & theater from around the Midwest. With locally & nationally renowned live entertainment several nights each week in our cabaret lounge & rental space available to the community at large, Noce provides music lovers with an experience unparalleled in the state of Iowa. To complement our top-class performers, Noce features a jazz age cocktail bar, serving vintage and contemporary libations. In addition to our 100 seat cabaret lounge, we also feature a 2,500 sq. ft. rental space in the building that is available for events of every kind, from private dinners to full wedding receptions.

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