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John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Dan Neville Latin Jazz Trio



May 21 @ 10:00 pm
May 22 @ 1:00 am
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40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst, NY
New York, NY 11373 United States
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John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Dan Neville Latin Jazz Trio
Presented by Terraza 7.
Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:00 pm.

$15: Cover at Mezzanine
$20: Donation suggested


John Benitez / Double bass.
Samuel Torres / Congas
Dan Neville / Vibraphone

About John Benitez:
In the world of Latin Jazz/Latin American music, John Benítez is one of the greatest bassists alive today. With five GRAMMY awards to his name and performance credits ranging from Tito Puente to Chick Corea, his impact on the music world is unquestionable.
He recorded with Roy Hargrove’s Crisol band (whose recording, “Habana,” was awarded the Grammy for best Latin jazz performance in 1997), David Sanchez (the Grammy-nominated, “Obsession”), Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Michel Camilo, Dave Valentín, Eddie Palmieri, Bobby Watson, David Sánchez, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Antonio Hart, Danilo Pérez, Kenny Kirkland, Chucho Valdés, Will Calhoun, Dave Samuels, Rubén Blades, Seis del Solar, Mongo Santamaría, Caribbean Jazz Project, Mingus Big Band, Kenny Kirkland, Antonio Hart, Mongo Santamaría, Ximo Tebar, Luis Perdomo, Dafnis Prieto, Ravi Coltrane, and many more.

About Dan Neville:
Dan is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, educator and jazz big band arranger. He wrote, arranged for and performed with SFJAZZ Center’s Monday Night Big Band for 7 seasons (2013-2016). In 2017, he won 1st place in the 2017 Jazz Search West competition. Dan has been featured on NBC’s Today Show playing vibraphone.
Dan has spearheaded two successful crowdfunding campaigns: One for the release of his debut album Tenerife featuring an all-star ensemble and all original compositions (2017); and the most recent, Cali to Cali: Building a recording studio in Cali, Colombia (2019).
Dan has undergone several trips to Cuba and Colombia, studying music and connecting with musicians worldwide.
Highlights include studying with the Colombian legend Diego Obregón in 2018 and 2020, where he spent an entire year helping build a recording studio, recording various ensembles, writing music and collaborating. Dan was featured on the radio in Guantanamo, Cuba in January of 2019 with his album Tenerife.
Neville studied jazz arranging and improvisation with Bennett Friedman at Santa Rosa JC, studied composition and piano with Rebeca Mauleon at City College of San Francisco, and received a BA in Jazz Music at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. He continues to study the West African balafon with Guinean master and Griot Mohammed Kouyaté.

About Samuel Torres:
Samuel Torres – Percussion, Compositions, and Musical Direction.
Latin Grammy Award Winner Samuel Torres is one of today’s most versatile and formidable Latin jazz artists absorbing the richness of New York. “Son Colombia” is inspired by Bullerengue tradition and confirms that this multifaceted musician’s prowess as a composer has come to rival his international acclaim as one of the best percussionists of his generation.
Torres was born in Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá and was nurtured in this culturally sophisticated metropolis where jazz and classical music share the stage with salsa and Colombian folkloric idioms. His earliest exposure to music came at home, thanks to an extended family of musicians and ready access to a wealth of Colombian genres. By the age of 12, Torres was performing with various Bogotá ensembles, developing techniques that allowed him to quickly adapt to the demands of jazz, pop music, and salsa. A classically trained percussionist, he earned a degree in Music Composition from Bogotá’s esteemed Universidad Javeriana. Before departing for the U.S. in 1999, the resourceful young artist had become an established figure on Colombia’s fertile music scene, backing leading Colombian performers while serving as an arranger and music director for his country’s highly regarded telenovelas (TV soap operas) and films.
Shortly after arriving in the U.S., his career took a dramatic turn when he was tapped by famed trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval to join his group. Torres spent four years touring the world and recording with the jazz great, polishing his ever-expanding talents while attracting the attention of a long list of renowned artists with whom he would eventually collaborate. Over time, he would perform with a veritable “who’s who” of the jazz, Latin pop, and salsa world, including such luminaries as Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Don Byron, Claudio Roditi, Richard Bona, Poncho Sanchez, Lila Downs, Marc Anthony, Thalía, and his country’s own international superstar, Shakira. His talents have also been featured in concerts with the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony and at a host of music festivals around the world.
More recently Torres was awarded a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album with the production “Regreso,” an incredible project done in collaboration with the Nueva Filarmonía of Bogotá.