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The Reno Phil celebrates the music of Benny Goodman



Acclaimed clarinetist Dave Bennett brings group

The new Phil Up! series opens with the talent of young clarinetist Dave Bennett, who seems to channel a musician 78 years his senior. Mr. Bennett doesn’t just look like Benny Goodman–his sound and musicality are matched note-for-note.  The concert on Saturday, September 10 (8:00 pm) will be held at the Pioneer Center. Dave Bennett’s six-piece band will front the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra with Laura Jackson conducting.

Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is an authentic musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman (1909-1986) with incredible technique, style, and beauty of tone.  Mr. Bennett began his playing at age 10 on a clarinet given to him by his grandparents. He taught himself how to play Benny Goodman songs by ear, listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather. At age 12, Dave was invited to the bandstand of the famous Sweet Basil jazz club in New York to sit in with trumpet great Doc Cheatham. Two years later, Mr. Bennett traveled with The New Reformation Band and Wally’s Warehouse Waifs and, at age 17, was selected as one of two high school students to have the opportunity to perform as a special guest soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra. Mr. Bennett premiered his Tribute to Benny Goodman septet in November 2003 at Windsor’s Capitol Theatre. The concert resulted in Dave’s first feature CD of Goodman material, released on PKO Records. Since 2005, Dave Bennett has been touring for symphony “pops” shows, including the orchestras of Nashville, Omaha, Rochester, San Antonio, Vancouver, Grand Rapids, Tacoma, Sarasota, Columbus, Orlando, Toronto and others. He has been featured on NPR programs The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and Riverwalk Jazz.

His band includes Paul Keller (bass), Peter Siers (drums), Tad Weed (piano), Carol McCartney (vocals), and Hugh Leal (rhythm guitar).

The performance will take place in the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices start at $25. For more information visit www.renophil.com, or call the RPA business office (775) 323-6393.

Calendar Information:

Dave Bennett celebrates Benny Goodman
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Laura Jackson conducting
Saturday September 10, 8:00 pm
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Part of the Reno Philharmonic’s Phil Up! Series
Tickets are $65-25
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