Benny Green

Benny Green and Gary Smulyan both born on April 4.. and they're on JazzSet together, tonight!

JazzSetAnniversaryNoTag_200x200_FinalHow cool is this? Gary Smulyan is the special guest on bari sax with the Benny Green Trio tonight at 6:30 on JazzSet. Both Benny and Gary are celebrating their birthdays today!

Happy coincidence!

Monk's Dream: Fifty Years Fresh on JazzSet

12 03 29 JazzSet-Benny Green by Mark Schramm-CROPbyMATTHEWJazzSet's Mark Schramm got the story: Not long after Thelonious Monk was on the cover of TIME magazine in 1964, a saxophonist and sculptor named Bert Green played “Monk’s Dream" for his son Benny in the garage of their family home in Berkeley, CA. It was the first music Benny ever heard, his primary influence.

Now Benny -- Oscar Peterson's choice for the Glenn Gould  Protege Prize in 1994 -- is coming back to his source.

Peter Washington is on bass, Kenny Washington on drums, with special guest baritone sax man Gary Smulyan. Maybe you're wondering if the bari can thrive outside a big band. Well, tune right in because Smulyan's stamina and musicality make for serious fun, right in line with the one-of-a-kind, quirky, syncopated, logical, every-note-counts tunes by Thelonious, and the spot-on delivery from Benny, Peter and Kenny.

Sunday, April 1, at 6pm and Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 .. or any time this week online at wbgo.org/jazzset.

Chestnut, Green, Heath and Payton .. A Celebration in Swing on JazzSet

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Benny Green photo by Fran Kaufman

Party with Cyrus Chestnut and Benny Green at two pianos this Sunday, December 11, at 6pm and Wednesday, December 14,  at 6:30 . NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath and Nicholas Payton add more fun, with Dezron Douglas on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Put on your dancing shoes one more once for this New Year's Eve 2010-11 set, says host Dee Dee Bridgewater . . . .