Up Close and Personal
August 2, 2017
For three decades, the GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer/arranger David Benoit has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. Benoit received three GRAMMY® nominations in the categories of Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for “Every Step of the Way” (1989), Best Large Ensemble Performance for GRP All-Star Big Band (1996), and Best Instrumental Composition for “Dad’s Room,” the latter from the album Professional Dreamer (2000). In 2010, Benoit received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Smooth Jazz Awards, and he’s worked with an impressive potpourri of musicians including the Rippingtons, Emily Remler, Alphonse Mouzon, Dave Koz, Faith Hill, David Sanborn, CeCe Winans and Brian McKnight.
He is currently serving his 16th season with the Asia America Symphony Association as Music Director & Conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and Asia America Youth Symphony. As Music Director, he has created and programmed a series of dynamic concerts, bringing together diverse cultural and musical elements, performed by world-class Asian and American musicians. His innovative vision to fuse “East and West,” as well as various music genres, has continued to inspire enthusiastic audiences throughout Southern California. We are happy to have our own native son and PV resident back with us to work his musical magic!