Marco Benevento

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Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento is a young keyboardist whose jazz-rooted work has expanded to include indie rock, jam band, and post-rock/experimental influences. Raised in the northern New Jersey town of Livingston, Benevento studied piano and befriended an aspiring drummer named Joe Russo in a junior-high detention hall. After high school, while Russo migrated westward to Boulder, CO and fell into the hippie jam band scene there, the more jazz-inclined Benevento moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, from which he graduated in 1999 after studying keyboards under noted jazz pianist and instructor Joanne Brackeen. Following college, Benevento formed a popular Boston-area improvisational outfit called the Jazz Farmers, which continued when Benevento resettled in New York City in 2001. Running into his old junior-high buddy Russo at a Medeski, Martin & Wood gig, Benevento accepted an invitation to perform a series of duo gigs at ~the Knitting Factory, which turned into a full-time partnership as the Benevento/Russo Duo. Benevento released four albums with Russo: Benevento/Russo Duo, Darts, Best Reason to Buy the Sun, and Play Pause Stop. Tying into Russo's roots in the jam band scene, the duo also spent much of 2006 touring as half of former Phish leader Trey Anastasio's backing band. His work ranges from traditional small-combo jazz to post-rock/experimental soundscapes. Benevento signed to Hyena Records and released Invisible Baby in 2008 with bassist Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Tea Leaf Green) and drummers Andrew Barr (the Slip) and Matt Chamberlain. It was followed by Me Not Me on Royal Potato Family in 2009 with the same players. Benevento recorded 2010's Between the Needles & Nightfall for Royal Potato Family with Mathis and Barr. The album was tracked at Brooklyn's Trout Studio with engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family). Benevento promoted the recording by taking the trio on the road, playing club dates and festivals in the United States and Canada.

Invisible Baby
Song
Record Book Favorite License Buy
Atari Favorite License Buy
If You Keep On Asking Me Favorite License Buy
Bus Ride Favorite License Buy
Ruby Favorite License Buy
Are You The Favorite Person Of Anybody? Favorite License Buy
You Must Be A Lion Favorite License Buy
The Real Morning Party Favorite License Buy


Me Not Me
Song
Golden Favorite License Buy
Now They're Writing Music Favorite License Buy
Seems So Long Ago Nancy Favorite License Buy
Mephisto Favorite License Buy
Twin Killer Favorite License Buy
Call Home Favorite License Buy
Heartbeats Favorite License Buy
Sing It Again Favorite License Buy
Friends Favorite License Buy
Run of the Mill Favorite License Buy


Between The Needles & Nightfall
Song
Favorite License Buy
Greenpoint Favorite License Buy
Between The Needles & Nightfall Favorite License Buy
Two Of You Favorite License Buy
Numbers Favorite License Buy
It Came From You Favorite License Buy
Ila Frost Favorite License Buy
RISD Favorite License Buy
You Know I'm No Good Favorite License Buy
Music Is Still Secret Favorite License Buy
Wolf Trap Favorite License Buy
Snow Lake Favorite License Buy