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Two of the highest profile keyboardists in contemporary jazz come together for a rare and special performance. Playing two acoustic grand pianos, Benoit and Culbertson combine their very distinctive styles to perform their best known compositions along with original music.

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings, earning critical and commercial acclaim and several Grammy nominations. Widely considered the heir to Vince Guaraldi, Benoit has recorded several Charlie Brown-related projects over the last decade. He is also in demand as a film composer. Benoit serves as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted the London, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and many other major orchestras. In 2010, David was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Smooth Jazz Awards in Michigan City, Indiana.

R&B/Jazz keyboardist/trombonist Brian Culbertson is one of the hottest artists in contemporary jazz. With twelve albums to his name that survey a broad range of musical styles, the one constant is Culbertson’s brilliant funk playing and unbounded passion for his craft. Brian’s records have featured a who’s who of the R&B world, with names like Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore and Earl Klugh all making appearances. Culbertson is no stranger to large stages, working as Barry Manilow’s opening act for most of the last five years.

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