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Published: 2008/04/14

Marco Benevento Catches The Flu From Sam Kininger

Only a few months after his weekly residency at the venue came to a close, Marco Benevento returned to New Yorks Sullivan Hall this weekend for two additional performances. For these shows Beneventos band consisted of Briggan Krauss (Sex Mob), Bobby Previte (Charlie Hunter, John Zorn) and alternately Gianluca Petrella (Enrico Rava) and Curtis Fowlkes (Jazz Passengers). Eric Krasno was also slated to perform with the group, but cancelled his appearances for personal reasons. The guitarists longtime friend Sam Kininger still supplied support duties Friday night, however, and brought Benevento out during his set for The Flu. Kininger and his drummer Nikki Glaspie then stuck around to sit in with Benevento on both Hamp’s Hump and Big Whopper, the latter of which is featured the saxophonists first album.

Earlier in the week, Benevento helped also celebrate the announcement of the JVC Jazz Festival with a performance at Metrazur, which is located in the heart of New Yorks Grand Central Terminal. For the cocktail hour gig, Benevento played piano and assorted toys as part of a band that also featured Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz and saxophonist John Ellis. Next up, the keyboardist will join Joe Russo for a pair of New York gigs with the chamber-music group the OMNI Ensemble: a free afternoon show on April 17 at the College of Staten Islands Center for the Performing Arts and an April 18 evening performance at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. In addition to several Duo songs, the ensemble is expected to nod to Coleman, Coltrane, Wechsler and offer other electronic improvisations.

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