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Sunday Jam by John Benitez & Manuel Valera.Free
Sunday Jam by John Benitez & Manuel Valera.
Presented by Terraza 7 Outdoor Jam Sessions Series.
Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at 8:00 pm.
Donation suggested: $15.
John Benitez / Bass.
Manuel Valera / Piano.
Jimmy Macbride / Drums.
A Latin jazz jam session for all musicians to perform and collaborate every Sunday in Queens, NY. All performers are welcome to sit in and play with the house band hosted by bassist John Benitez, and pianist Manuel Valera.
All are welcome to join us to listen and support live jazz at one of NYC’s most vibrant venues. The music starts at 7 pm, bring your horn!
About John Benitez:
In the world of Latin Jazz/Latin American music, John Benítez is considered to be 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.
was born in Havana, Cuba. Since 2000 he has lived in New York City, where he attended New School University. His playing is influenced by Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett, and he has worked extensively in the groups of Dafnis Prieto, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Yosvany Terry, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Lenny White.
Valera’s first CD as a leader Forma Nueva was released in 2004. It features bassist John Patitucci, drummers Bill Stewart and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and saxophonist Seamus Blake. Historia, Melancholia, and Vientos were released between 2005–2007, featuring drummers Antonio Sanchez and Ernesto Simpson, saxophonist Seamus Blake and Joel Frahm, bassists Ben Street and James Genus, and percussionist Luis Quintero. 2009 marked the release of Currents, a trio recording with Genus and Simpson and it was also Valera’s debut on the Maxjazz label.
After a hiatus as a leader, to focus on sideman work, in 2012 Valera released New Cuban Express with Yosvany Terry on saxophone, John Benitez on bass, Tom Guarna on guitar, Eric Doob on drums, and percussionist Mauricio Herrera.
This recording earned him a nomination for a 2013 Grammy Award in the category “Best Latin Jazz Album”.