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Jazz Guitar Workshop with Stephen Benson

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Jazz Guitar Workshop with Stephen Benson

Saturday September 14, 2019


Join Guitar Master Stephen Benson for an all-day jazz guitar workshop which will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Players of all genres will benefit from the curriculum.

The cost of the workshop is $85.00 which includes take-home materials, lunch and a two-year museum membership. If you already have a museum membership, it will be extended for two more years. The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Mr. Benson and violinist Joe Denizon .  Space is limited so please register early! Advanced registration and payment is REQUIRED for this event.

Subject areas will include:

  • Learning tunes- several useful approaches to learning tunes well that help memorization, soloing and playing in an ensemble. The focus will be on a few certain tunes covering a range of styles from the 1920s through Wayne Shorter to funk styles.
  • Understanding harmony and how it applies to jazz.
  • Comping and playing in an ensemble. Rhythm guitar in a big band, small group or with a singer or another instrumentalist.
  • Solo guitar arrangements – how to put them together with different approaches.

About the workshop:   Students should bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop as amplifier availability will be extremely limited.).  Be prepared to play all day!

About Stephen Benson:

Stephen Benson is very active on the New York City freelance scene. He is comfortable in a variety of musical settings from jazz and classical music to rock, blues, rhythm and blues, Broadway, bluegrass and klezmer music. He has performed and or recorded with people as diverse as Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Harry Connick Jr., Take 6, Fontella Bass, Jane Krakowski, Sutton Foster, Garrison Keillor, The Big Apple Circus, The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, NYC Ballet Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. He has been a regular performer at the Grand Canyon Music Festival with Robert Bonfiglio and has performed with Evelyn Blakey at the Carnival of Venice. He toured Europe for two years as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio and did a world tour of A Chorus Line. Most recently, he has performed on Broadway in the orchestra pits of Aladdin, Chicago and The Lion King. Also he composed and performed an original movie soundtrack for “ P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend “.

He was the first jazz guitar teacher at The Hartt School of Music under the direction of Jackie McLean and is currently on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University. He presently lives in NYC with his wife and twins.

About Joe Deninzon:

 Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as the “ Jimi Hendrix of the Violin “ Joe has played with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Robert Bonfiglio, Les Paul and as a soloist with the NYC Ballet and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band Stratospheerius which has released five acclaimed CDs. He can be heard on over 100 CDs as a violinist and string arranger. A BMI Jazz Composer’s Grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriters Contest, he has written a solo piece for violinist Rachel Barton Pine which will be featured on her upcoming CD. In 2015 Joe premiered his piece “ Concerto for Seven String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Joe holds Bachelors Degrees in Violin Performance and Jazz Violin from Indiana University and a Masters from Jazz/Commercial Violin from Manhattan School of Music.





For further information, please contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org


This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and is hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society Inc.




September 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Event Category:


Mahwah Museum


Mahwah Museum
201 Franklin Turnpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430 United States
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