John Benitez
American musician
John Benitez
John Benitez, better known as Jellybean Benitez or Jellybean is an American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, remixer and music producer of Puerto Rican descent. Benitez has produced and remixed for artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and the Pointer Sisters.
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The Best of Jazz for 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Every year jazz journalists make their end of year "best of" lists. They become a tradition and they are as subjective as anything can be but they do offer the listening public a great place to start looking and listening to the many new and quality offerings that jazz artists have released in the past year. No list can be all inclusive and no list can be without personal prejudices, having said that, this is my list of the best of jazz in 2015. I have included a category for, best jazz vocal album, best debut album, best historical release, and best Latin Jazz album. One thing I can assure you, there is something in here for almost every taste. There is no particular order to this list so please enjoy this cornucopia of music and Happy Holidays to all. Vibraphonist Chris Dingman's The Subliminal and the Sublime on Inner Arts Saxophonist JD Allen's Trio with Greg August and Rudy Royston: Graffitti on Savant Charlie Hunter Trio with Curtis Fowlkes and Bobby ...
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Colombian crooner Andres Cepeda comes to Medellin - Colombia Reports
Google News - over 5 years
For the "Live and Direct" tour show in Medellin, Cepeda will be playing with latin jazz drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, bassist John Benitez, pianist Alexander Alonso, and trumpet playing, keyboard slamming, music composer Dahyan Diaz
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Andrés Cepeda iniciará gira por Colombia en septiembre - Caracol TV.com
Google News - over 5 years
El reconocido artista estará acompañado por importantes músicos exponentes del jazz como Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández, John Benítez, Dahyan Diaz y Alexander Alfonso. Algunas de las canciones que interpretarán son: "Ciertas cosas", "Más bonita que tu" y
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/jazz. Mike Baggetta Trio (Thursday) A guitarist of exploratory temperament, Mike Baggetta leads a trio with Cameron Brown on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums, playing original music and a few left-field covers. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Bar Next Door, 129 Macdougal Street, near West Third
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Jazz Listings for Aug. 12-18 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
In this group he's abetted by the saxophonist Yosvany Terry, the guitarist Adam Rogers, the bassist John Benitez and the drummer Dafnis Prieto. At 7:30 and 9:30 pm, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20
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John Benitez Talks New Album, New Label, Helping Music Flow - Guitar International
Google News - over 5 years
I first heard and saw John Benitez perform with the Richie Flores Sextet during the 2011 Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. Benitez's enthusiasm, charisma and personality were felt subtly through his performance with this ensemble
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Red Cross awards 159 top volunteer blood donors - Philippine Information Agency
Google News - over 5 years
The gold medalists were Benedict John Benitez, Zebedee A. Masamayor, Ignatius Adhy P. Nugraha, Emmanuel Penson, Manfred August Ramos, and Benedicto T. San Luis. Meanwhile, Catherine Grace Aguilar, Ireneo Canete,Eriberto Cruz, Emmanuel Prim, Jaime Raip,
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Rob Garcia 4 to appear at Smalls on August 24th in celebration of "The Drop ... - Jazzcorner
Google News - over 5 years
He has performed and/or recorded with bandleaders such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Sam Newsome, Judi Silvano, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Brad Shepik, John Benitez, John Bunch, Dena DeRose, Chris Cheek, Daniel Kelly,
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Fountains of Swinging Youth at Newport Jazz Festival - Jazz-Quad
Google News - over 5 years
... Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio; Michel Camilo "Mano a Mano with Giovanni Hidalgo and John Benitez; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Joey DeFrancesco Trio; Grace Kelly with guest Phil
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Lebanon bans synthetic drugs - The Tennessean
Google News - over 5 years
Dr. John Benitez, managing director of the Tennessee Poison Center, said his organization gets several calls each day detailing people having adverse reactions to smoking these products. Because the products typically contain amphetamines, people often
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Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas - 3 questions - RSL Soapbox
Google News - over 5 years
Dallas has moved to what can be a 4-5-1/4-3-3 hybrid that consists of the usual suspects in the back(Ihemelu, Loyd, John, Benitez) with a 3 man central midfield of Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson and Eric Alexander. Those three do a fantastic job of
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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2011: Three charms from each of our ... - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
John Benitez Group (Upstairs, Thursday): The Puerto Rican bassist delivered genre-bending music and impassioned improv with hugely talented pianist Manuel Valera and guitarist Tom Guarna. Dan Tepfer (Upstairs, Friday): With understatement and
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Da lo mejor de sí - El Nuevo Dia.com
Google News - over 5 years
John Benítez ha sido el bajista de algunas de las mejores bandas, como las de Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea o Tito Puente. Ha trabajado en lugares tan distantes como Noruega o Finlandia, y ha tenido el honor de tocar para la familia real de Jordania
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Soirée de jeudi: Brahem, Bourassa, Benitez, Carter - Cyberpresse
Google News - over 5 years
L'Upstairs accueillait jeudi le contrebassiste portoricain John Benitez et ses musiciens, dont deux Cubains de premier ordre : le saxophoniste (alto) Yosvany Terry et le pianiste Manuel Valera. Entre minuit et 2h du matm, j'ai été à l'écoute de ce
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Benitez
    TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Benitez continues to deejay globally. He owns Jellybean Productions, Jellybean Soul and Jellybean Music Group. In 1995, he founded the now-defunct H.O.L.A. recording label (House of Latin Artists) which developed hip hop and R&B music by bilingual artists and released recordings in both English and Spanish.
    More Details Hide Details Voices of Theory signed with this label. On September 19, 2005, Benitez was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. Benitez is now the Executive Producer of Studio 54 Radio, which is heard exclusively on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Channel 54). Studio 54 Radio launched August 15, 2011. It features 1970s and 1980s classic dance from Jellybean's personal collection and the vaults and collections of Studio 54 insiders. Benitez composed the theme song to The Ricki Lake Show and The Charles Perez Show. He produed motion pictures and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy for his role as an Executive Producer for HBO's For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story starring Andy Garcia. He served as music supervisor and created and mixed tunes for many soundtracks. Among the motion pictures for which he served as Music Supervisor are:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    His 1984 cover of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican" (for which he recruited original singer, Janita Haan) is regarded as a pivotal moment in the electro-hip hop underground scene, and was his first number-one single on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
    More Details Hide Details He was successful in the United Kingdom as an artist in his own right. His hits there included:- "Sidewalk Talk" (UK #47, 1986); "The Real Thing" (UK #13, 1987) featuring Steven Dante; "Who Found Who" (UK #10, 1988) with Elisa Fiorillo; "Jingo" (UK #13, 1988) and "Just a Mirage" (UK #13, 1988) with vocals by Adele Bertei.
  • 1983
    Benitez became involved with remixing Madonna's self-titled debut album in 1983, including the singles "Everybody", "Borderline", and "Lucky Star."
    More Details Hide Details He also produced "Holiday." Benitez produced Whitney Houston's Top ten hit "Love Will Save the Day" from her second album Whitney. He remixed songs for many other artists including Hall & Oates, George Benson, Shalamar, Jocelyn Brown, Patti Austin, Bobby O, Sheena Easton, Talking Heads, James Ingram, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, John Waite, The Pointer Sisters, Debbie Harry, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Benitez scored two 1980s US pop hits released under the Jellybean moniker: "Sidewalk Talk" (US #18), written by Madonna and featuring Catherine Buchanan; and "Who Found Who" (US #16), featuring Elisa Fiorillo. Nine recordings placed in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones. Other vocalists who have performed on a Jellybean release include Adele Bertei, Richard Darbyshire and Niki Haris.
  • 1981
    In 1981, he was hired as the resident DJ at Funhouse.
    More Details Hide Details He hosted a weekend dance radio show at WKTU. Benitez started to remix singles, such as Jimmy Spicer's "The Bubble Bunch," Rocker's Revenge's "Walking on Sunshine," Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and Stephen Bray of the group Breakfast Club. Benitez met Bray's band mate at the time, Madonna. A two-year romance developed.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    He relocated to Manhattan in 1975, attending disco nightclubs, which sparked his interest in becoming a disc jockey (DJ).
    More Details Hide Details He worked at a nightclub called Experiment 4 & Electric Circus. In 1980 Benitez enrolled and attended Bronx Community College, where he studied Marketing and Sales Promotion. Benitez worked as a DJ at Electric Circus, Hurrah, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Studio 54.
  • OTHER
  • 1957
    Born on November 7, 1957.
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