This Friday, June 17th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome bassist John Benitez and his group Love Revolution to our stage for two sets. It’s hard to find a more accomplished bassist in New York than Mr. Benitez. Since coming to the city from Puerto Rico in the early ’90s, Benitez has played with many of the biggest names in jazz and Latin music—Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, and Roy Hargrove, just to name a few. Even though Benitez has almost always worked as a sideman, his yeoman’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Back in 2001, Ben Ratliff on the New York Times proclaimed Benitez, “…with his rock-solid groove, the best new Latin jazz bassist in the city, great at using the fewest possible notes to maximum swing potential.”
Benitez’s new project Love Revolution is a genre-crossing, family affair. The group features his sons Francis on drums and Joshua on keyboards, as well as the up-and-coming conscious rap artist Juanito Jones. In a week marked by tragedy, there is perhaps no better cure for the blues than the vibrant, uplifting music of John Benitez and company.John Benitez & Love Revolution perform at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, June 17th, 2016. The group features Mr. Benitez on bass, Juanito Jones on spoken word, Ivan Renta on saxophone, Francis Benitez on drums, Joshua Benitez on keyboards & piano, and Manuel Marquez on percussion. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.