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Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland

Trumpeter and crooner Benny Benack III returned to the Birdland stage on Monday, July 15, with his inimitable brand of energetic, swingin' songs and irrepressible charisma. Benny presented music from his upcoming sophomore album titled "A Lot of Livin' to Do." Commemorating the release of one of the album's singles, he performed a duet of Gigi Gryce's "Social Call," which he performed on the recording with Veronica Swift, and in the concert with Aleta Moses. Benny was joined by Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano, Joe Peri on drums, Philip Norris on bass, with special guest vocalists Aleta Moses and Anais Reno, and Alex Claffy guesting on bass.

At the age of 28, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based jazz musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as "a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer." As a dual-threat, he's quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation.

Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey

Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Alex Claffy Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Alita Moses, Anais Reno Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Alita Moses Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Alita Moses Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Anais Reno, Benny Benack III, Alita Moses Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Anais Reno Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Anais Reno Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III, Alex Claffy Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III, Anais Reno Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III, Anais Reno Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III, Anais Reno Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Gianni Valenti, Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Joe Peri Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Phillip Norris, Takeshi Ohbayashi, Benny Benack III, Joe PeriPhoto Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Phillip Norris Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Susie Mosher, Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Takeshi Ohbayashi, Benny Benack III Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Takeshi Ohbayashi, Joe Peri, Anais Reno, Phillip Norris, Alita Moses Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
Takeshi Ohbayashi Photo Flash: Benny Benack III Returns to Birdland
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