Renowned Jazz Pianist David Benoit to Play at CBA

May 11, 2012
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Lincroft — The CBA Jazz Series will host “An Evening with David Benoit” at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at the Henderson Theatre on the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) campus.

A unique opportunity to see the legendary jazz pianist and composer in an intimate setting, only 350 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event.

Bringing the jazz community’s most revered members to Monmouth County, the CBA Jazz Series’ mission is twofold: experiencing legendary jazz sound in an up-close-and-personal venue and raising funds for the Performing Arts Department at CBA.

Jazz pianist David Benoit will perform at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, on June 22.

Benoit was selected for this year’s performance not only for his talent and extensive career but also for his commitment to education.  He has been a longtime guest educator with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, winning the organization’s “Excellence in Music Education” award.

Since launching his recording career in 1977, Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included more than 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases — This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the Grammy-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics.

Benoit’s prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown-related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir.

“An Evening with David Benoit” will include highlights from the artist’s career as well as new material from his recently recorded album Conversation, set for release May 29.

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Concert tickets are $50 per person for premium seating and there are a limited number of value seats available for $25. A preconcert cocktail party featuring light fare, beer and wine is available in advance of the evening for an additional $25 per person at time of purchase.

Sponsorships are available and include a select backstage meet-and-greet reception with Benoit after the show and acknowledgement in printed and promotional materials.

“Experience and participation in music and arts is closely tied to academic success and is an important part of developing both our schools and community,” said series organizer Joe Tort of Rumson.

CBA has expanded its performing arts program in recent years to give its students not only a competitive but heightened experience from other area high schools. The jazz ensemble and complementary series, Tort said, are just recent examples of the academy’s broadened arts offerings.

For information, to purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please call the box office at 732-747-1959, Ext. 212.

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