The Bend Surgery Center CenterStage Series
Acclaimed pianist David Benoit and his quartet play beloved holiday music. SOLD OUT
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Acclaimed pianist David Benoit and his quartet play the beloved holiday music made famous by Vince Guaraldi on the original Charlie Brown Christmas special. Plus they perform a Peanuts Piano Concerto tribute to Charles Schulz, songs from the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” and Benoit’s own compositions. Special guests the Youth Choir of Central Oregon accompany Benoit and remind us that “Christmas Time is Here.”
Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other GRAMMY nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.