Marco Benevento

Benevento has been a regular on the New York City contemporary, experimental jazz scene with his involvement in the Jazz Farmers (1999-2001), the Benevento Russo Duo (2002–present) and his own band (2006–present). Benevento has studied under and played alongside other keyboardists including Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Werner, John Medeski and Brad Mehldau. He has recorded and collaborated with musicians such as Matt Chamberlain, John McEntire, A. C. Newman, Rich Robinson, Stuart D. Bogie, Annakalmia Traver, Andrew Barr, Billy Martin,George Porter, Joe Russo, and Mike Gordon.

Benevento’s first studio album as a pianist, Invisible Baby, released in 2008, was nominated for Independent Music Awards Jazz Album of the year. Me Not Me, his second release, is a mix of original songs and covers. Benevento’s third album “Between the Needles and Nightfall” was released in 2010 and his fourth album “Tigerface” was released in 2012. Throughout all of his recordings Benevento plays an acoustic piano that is amplified by using pickups and effected with various effect pedals. He also makes use of circuit bent toys, drum machines and other synthesizers. Performances with his band include SXSW, Celebrate Brooklyn, Carnegie Hall, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, Pickathon Music Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival. Benevento currently tours with Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz and drummer Andrew Borger.

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