David Benoit was born in California, and grew up in Los Angeles. He was bitten by the jazz bug after watching a Charlie Brown special on TV and listening to the music of Vince Guaraldi in 1965. “When I heard that jazz piano trio, that was the defining moment when I decided that I wanted to play like Vince Guaraldi”, says the pianist, composer and arranger. Aged thirteen, he began studying piano and later he also studied music theory. composition, orchestration and film scoring with several designated masters. Since then, he’s worked with an impressive potpourri of musicians including the Rippingtons, Dave Koz, Faith Hill, David Sanborn, CeCe Winans and Brian McKnight. His first album was released in 1977, followed by many other chart toppers. Overall, David has received three Grammy nominations and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Smooth Jazz Awards in 2010. With his most recent CD he wanted to show other dimensions of his artistry and the result is his first recording with a vocalist: featuring Jane Monheit, a Grammy-nominated chanteuse from New York.
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