Pianist Benny Green has been a fixture on the jazz scene since coming out of the Bay Area in the 1980s. A product of old-school mentoring on the bandstand, Green toured with Betty Carter, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and Ray Brown. He’s recorded over a dozen albums as a leader, for labels such as Criss Cross, Blue Note, Telarc and Sunnyside.
Cedar Walton was scheduled to perform with his group on the 2014 Jazz Cruise, but the renowned pianist died about six months before it sailed. Green was asked to fill the piano seat with Walton’s group, including drummer Willie Jones II, bassist David Williams and saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky.