Posted: June 1, 2016

What’s New? (And haven’t I read about it here?)

Goodness gracious, I realize it’s been almost 2 years since I last posted ant news entries on this website.  I’m so sorry!  I’ve been so busy gigging, working in the studio and enjoying my family that I’ve been seriously remiss in posting anything new here.  I promise to be better about it- there’s a lot to share.  And my gigs page is current.  In the meantime, here’s a super short synopsis of what I’m up to.

Gigs- My Friday evening trio residency continues in earnest at Hillstone.  I have the privilege of playing with a hand-picked selection of the best rhythm section players in NYC and beyond. Join us for a drink, some spinach dip, steak or sushi, or just chill and listen as we play original music, jazz and standards, Stevie and Beatles tunes and more at the Ranch.

Bill, Still! Celebrates the Music of Bill Withers- we’re at Bar Lunatico every other Thursday in June, plus we’ve been playing the Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall.

Halcyon Jukebox takes you on a trip back in time to the glory days of 70’s AM and 80’s Soft-Rock radio.  Some of NYC’s most fearless improvisers will balance reverence and exploration on a playlist of deliciously cheesy hits form yesteryear.

During the summer I’m often busy with The Loyales, a party band I play with that NY Magazine called “A living, breathing jukebox, full of expertly curated 45s.”  Our playlist includes classic soul, Stax and Motown, classic country and bluegrass, vintage reggae and some choice 80’s favorites.  We rarely showcase in public- mostly we play hipster weddings and swanky corporate parties.  (Getting married??)

Studio- My studio, Benny’s Wash & Dry has been buzzing with activity lately… I’m always up to something creative and funky down here.  We do live ensemble recording for jazz, singer-songwriters, rock, roots and beyond.  Plus we do a lot of commercial and educational work.  Check out the studio site for more details. Recent artists have included Joe Clausell, Rench, Lisa Parrott, Paul Beaudry & Dennis Day, John Thomas, Laurell Eden, Sal Cosentino, Melanie Gall, Yuma Sung, Cory Cullinan and more!

Recent gear improvements include microphones by Schoeps, SAMAR and Lawson, and preamps by John Hardy and Vintech.

Upcoming Travel- From June 15-26 I’m off to Israel for a tour with singer-songwriter KJ Denhert.  We worked together regularly in the mid 2000’s and I’m excited to reunite with her for my first trip to Middle East since 1984.

This July and August I return for my 30-somthingth summer at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.  I’ll be teaching and playing shows there, including a Steveie Wonder tribute featuring vocalist Claytoven Richardson on Wed, July 27th.

OK- I promise to write more soon.  Thanks for visiting bennettpaster.com  Don’t hesitate to contact me for more info about anything I do.