The music that we've heard from the Daniel Bennett Group is exceedingly hard to catergorize. I DO like what one reviewer said, though: A "Folk Jazz HYBRID." :) Daniel would add to that: "20th century minimilism." His beautiful musical journey started in Rochester, New York. On saxophone at ten, he would add flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet and oboe to his repertoire! Somewhere along the line, he was enchanted with the compositions of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. But a gazillion ideas were swimming in that blond head - combined with a childlike wonder at the world.
Daniel received his Masters in Saxophone Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston - and he moved to New York City in 2010. He has recorded more than a handful of critically acclaimed works that have both confounded Jazz critics and delighted them. No pigeon-holing, please. Mr. Bennett will always be, in the immortal words of Sammy Davis Jr., a "different breed of cat." :-D
It must be mentioned that our guest has delved into original music for off-Broadway productions more than once - and performed in same as well. For these projects, too, he has been praised. And MORE than that - his group won "Best New Jazz" at last year's Hot House Jazz Awards in the very competitive Big Apple. It's there that Daniel is appreciated for a number of reasons. His dynamic, energized yet sweet and (dare we say?) innocent writing - for sure. But also his organizational skills. He has managed to juggle bookings at "Jazz at the Triad", too. The name, Daniel Bennett, carries weight in certain circles. Listen, we're happy to be able to GET him on the show again! The new album, "Sinking Houseboat Confusion", is doing well. As are gigs to support it. Let's talk about ALL of it
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