The Blue Note Emerging ArtistSeries is designed to give young up and coming musicians the opportunity to perform at the Blue Note as an opening act for our jazz legends. The opening act performance will go from 6:30 - 7:30PM and will provide access to Roy Haynes's's 8:00PM set at no additional cost.
Emerging Artist Series: Benny Benack III & Yotam Silberstein Duo
BENNY BENNACK III
Trumpeter Benny Benack has quickly gained a reputation for being an incredibly versatile, fiery improvisor who lends superb technique and musicality to any setting. He has had the opportunity to study privately with a number of brilliant players, among them Sean Jones, Laurie Frink, Terell Stafford, Marcus Printup, Scott Wendholt, and Jim Rotondi. He has won every major jazz trumpet competition including the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2011), and the National Trumpet Competition - Jazz Division (2012). Ben was a member of the Gibson-Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble in 2008 and 2009, being able to perform alongside Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, and Christian Scott among others. Benny played in the Vail Jazz Festival in summer of 2008 as a member of the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop. Benny also performed in the Telluride Jazz Festival in the summer of 2009 as a member of the Telluride Jazz All-Stars. Benny is a 2009 Silver Award Winner of NFAA/Young Arts, which took him to Miami and NYC. In Spring of 2009 he participated in the Jazz Band of America, and the Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Band. In summer of 2009, Benny toured with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who performed with Wynton Marsalis at the Monterey Jazz Festival. In the August 1, 2011 issue of "Jet Magazine", Benny was featuring on Wynton Marsalis' list of the "Next Generation of Jazz Greats". Currently living in NYC, he has had the opportunity to perform at some of the finest jazz clubs including the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Gallery, the 55 Bar, Small's, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Benny currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music on a full tuition scholarship for Jazz Trumpet. Benny is also an accomplished jazz pianist & singer, having sung and performed with his father's big band from the age of 9.
Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein has made an impact on the scene with his precision bebop lines and fleet-fingered improvisations." JazzTimes
In only six years since landing in New York , internationally-acclaimed guitarist Yotam has earned a well deserved spot among the Jazz elite by collaborating with legendary musicians such as James Moody, The Heath Brothers, Paquito D'Rivera, Monty Alexander, Roy Hargrove, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars.
Yotam's mastery of the guitar is featured on an array of hit albums, ranging from his recent releases, "Resonance" and "Brasil" on the Jazz Legacy Productions label, to Monty Alexander's Grammy-nominated "Harlem-Kingston Express Live!"
Whether playing straight ahead jazz, modern, Brazilian, world music, blues or bebop, Yotam's performances receive rave reviews from critics and fans. His stunning showmanship in the Kennedy Center's 2011 production,"Ella!" featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Dr. Billy Taylor and Janice Siegel, was so spectacular that Yotam was invited back for a special appearance at the KC Jazz Club.
Yet, critical acclaim is nothing new for this guitar prodigy, who was a finalist in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition. As a recent review noted, "Yotam's tones are exquisitely old school but his playing is fresh, fiery and bursting with joyful exuberance, and musically he's one heavy cat."
Born in Tel-Aviv, Yotam began playing guitar at age 10. He quickly gained national acclaim and was invited to perform with many of the nation's top jazz musicians. At the mere age of 21, he won the prestigious "Israeli Jazz Player of the Year," performed at Italy's renowned Umbria Jazz Festival, released a highly-acclaimed debut album "The Arrival", and launched an extensive tour of Europe and the Middle East.
In 2005, the rising star moved to New York after receiving a scholarship from the prestigious New School. Since then, he has gained the insight of several outstanding mentors, and a great deal of respect among fans, fellow musicians and jazz journalists.
Performing with the world's premiere artists has allowed Yotam to learn from the masters and hone his incredible talent. Now, at age 31, his skills are polished, his career is skyrocketing, and critics agree that Yotam is poised for a stellar future .
In a review of his 2009 release," Next Page," a critic for All About Jazz summed it up succinctly: Yotam's "unadorned hollow-body guitar work freely invites comparisons to releases from the heyday of Blue Note Records.." Yet, he "isn't piggy-backing on memories. He's forging his own path with skill and style."
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