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David Benoit
David (*1953 in Bakersfield, CA) is a pianist, composer, and conductor. He was a piano student of Marya Cressy Wright and Abraham Fraser, and studied music theory and composition at El Camino College and orchestration with Donald Nelligan. He later attended a film music class at the University of California with Donald Ray. He began his training as a conductor with Heiichiro Ohyama, continued with Jan Robertson and then with Jeffrey Schindler.
David began his musical career in 1976 as musical director and conductor for Lainie Kazan, and later for Ann-Margret and Connie Stevens. He was a member of the Rippingtons, released more than twenty jazz albums, many featuring symphony orchestras, and was nominated for a Grammy five times.
He has also appeared as a conductor of classical works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinski, Camille Saint-Saëns, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and others with orchestras such as the Los Angeles and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and the Dresden Philharmonic performed works by Claude Bolling and performed a suite for guitar and piano with Angel Romero for the founding anniversary of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.
His symphonic poem Kobe was performed by the Philippine Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano in 2003. His piano concerto The Centaur and the Sphinx was completed in 2004. He also composed the musical Something's Got to Give about the life of Marilyn Monroe, film scores for The Wonderful Mr. Cox (produced by Clint Eastwood) and The Christmas Tree (produced by Sally Field) and the music for the soap operas All My Children and Sisters .
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AVI Records AVI 8527
released 1982
David Benoit, conductor, piano, synthesizer, organ, clavinet
Ron Brown, alto sax, tenor sax
Judd Miller, flugelhorn
Carl Verheyen, guitar
Marty Walsh, guitar
Wade Short, bass
Gary Ferguson, drums
Marc Singer, percussion
Arnold McCuller, vocals
Mona Lisa Young, vocals
The Best Of David Benoit 1987-1995
GRP GRD-9831
released 1985
David Benoit, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards
Eric Marienthal, soprano sax, alto sax
Charles Loper, trombone
Gary Grant, trumpet
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Bruce Dukov, strings
Nathan East, bass
Ricky Lawson, drums
Michael Fisher, percussion
The Artist's Choice
Hip-O Records HIPD-40089
David Benoit, conductor, Fender Rhodes, organ, synthesizer, clavinet
W. Michael Lewis, conductor, synthesizer
Ron Brown, alto sax, tenor sax
Judd Miller, flugelhorn
Tim Weisberg, flute, alto flute, bass flute
Todd Robinson, guitar
Carl Verheyen, guitar
Marthy Walsh, guitar
John Wheelock, guitar
Wade Short, bass
Dave Williams, bass
Gary Ferguson, drums, percussion
Hector Andrade, congas, percussion
Laurin Rinder, percussion, vocals
Marc Singer, percussion
Marcelino Valdez, bongos, congas
Arnold McCuller, vocals
Fuzzy Logic
GRP 314 589 079-2
recorded March through June 2001 in California and London/Great Britain
David Benoit, conductor, piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Andy Suzuki, sax
Steve Holtman, trombone
Nick Lane, trombone
Rick Braun, trumpet
Rick Baptist, trumpet
Richard Todd, French horn
Tim Weisberg, flute
Jon Clark, oboe
Ross Bolton, guitar
Ian Crabtree, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Pat Kelly, guitar
Tony Maiden, guitar
Neil Angilley, keyboards
Larry Bunker, vibes
Abe Laboriel, bass
Phil Mulford, bass
Stan Sargeant, bass
Dean Taba, bass
Steve Ferrone, drums
Jeff Olson, drums
Scott Breadman, percussion, timbales
Brad Dutz, percussion
Right Here, Right Now
GRP B0000597-02
David Benoit, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Euge Groove, tenor sax
Andy Suzuki, tenor sax
Brian Culbertson, trombone
Nick Lane, trombone
Wayne Bergeron, trumpet
Rick Braun, trumpet, flugelhorn
Randy Jacobs, guitar
Pat Kelly, guitar
Tony Maiden, guitar
Peter White, guitar
Kevin Axt, bass
Nathan East, bass
Dean Taba, bass
Freddie Washington jr., bass
Steve Ferrone, drums
Bud Harner, drums
Jeff Olson, drums
Land Richards, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Luis Conte, percussion
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Brad Dutz, percussion
Full Circle
Peak Records PKD-30015-2
recorded in Sherman Oaks; Palisades, CA; Hollywood, CA/USA
David Benoit, piano, Hammond organ
Euge Groove, sax
Gary Meek, sax
Rick Braun, trumpet
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Oscar Castro-Neves, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Pat Kelly, guitar
Jeff Lorber, keyboards
Alex Al, bass
Brian Bromberg, bass
Nathan East, bass
Roberto Vally, bass
John Robinson, drums
Michael White, drums
Alex Acuña, percussion
Luis Conte, percussion

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