Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album, ?Starting Point? (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) and as winner of the 2005 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz make this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. Presently, Benito is creating a very personal body of work for his sophomore album as a leader that will feature him as an improviser.
Presently, Benito is creating a very personal body of work for his sophomore album as a leader that will feature him as an improviser. He is also touring with international jazz artist, Kenny Garrett, adding numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. Benito has shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton and Jackie Mclean.
His multi-cultural talents have led him to appear on numerous recording dates; from American jazz masters to West African musicians to Latin bands. He has also served as musical director for several Venezuelan recording artists.