Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz. Benny never looked back and never stopped learning as his blossoming talents, supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others. Green has been performing at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center for nearly 35 years. He was introduced to the stage while in the ensembles of Betty Carter and Art Blakey. Some of Green’s best work has been in the trio format, historically a configuration that has been one of the most popular in the advancement of jazz.