Born in New York in 1963, as a young child Benny Green moved to Berkeley, California, and started studying the piano at the tender age of 7. Under the influence of his sax-playing father, Benny soon took an interest in Jazz, memorising the solos of Parker, Monk and other greats from their albums. He formed his own bands and participated in school groups, collaborated with the trumpet player Eddie Henderson and played piano with a big band fronted by Chuck Israels. In 1982 he decided to return to New York where he met the veteran pianist Walter Bishop, a man he considers to be one of his most important influences, with whom he studied for a year. Bishop introduced him to the saxophonist Bobby Watson, with whom he collaborated for a time. In 1983 he started playing with Betty Carter, until joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1978. Benny stayed with Blakey until 1989, when he started working for Freddie Hubbard (More information).
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