PLANET ARTS PRESENTS THE CD RELEASE OF MICHAEL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 - 8:00 pm, $15.00
Michael started playing the drums at age 10 and was performing professionally by age 15. He took up the vibraphone at around age 16 and shortly thereafter started to play gigs on vibes as well as drums. Michael graduated from the Crane School of Music at the State University College at Potsdam, NY in 1979 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Michael Later attended Rutgers University and graduated in 1990 with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies. At Rutgers, Michael was an assistant to Dan Morgenstern, the Director of Jazz Studies at Rutgers and former Downbeat Magazine editor. As a drummer, Michael has worked with groups and individuals such as J.R. Monterose, Pete Malinverni, Loren Scohenberg, the Spike Jones Orchestra and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. He has toured the United States extensively performing at numerous concert halls, colleges and festivals including Michigan State University, Lincoln Center, Resorts International Casino in Atlantic City, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., West Point Academy, the Troy Music Hall in Troy, NY, the Brunknerhause in Lindt, Austria and the Waterloo Jazz Festival.
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