Duane Benjamin
Lecturer, Global Jazz Studies

Trombone

Duane Benjamin is an accomplished performer, composer, orchestrator and arranger. For over thirty years he has made a successful living playing trombone, electric bass, and arranging “clean, easy to read charts” for industry legends and everyday musicians alike.

Benjamin has performed and recorded with jazz greats like the Count Basie Orchestra, Stanley Clark, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra and The Clayton–Hamilton Orchestra, not to mention contemporary legends like Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Joss Stone, Diana Ross, Earth Wind and Fire, Jamiroquai, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, rock guitarist Steve Vai, Kirk Franklin and many more. As an orchestrator, his work has also been featured on top-rated television shows such as American Idol and the Voice.

UCLA Global Jazz Ensemble Performs at Mammoth JazzFest
Mammoth JazzFest’s stated mission includes “refreshing, renewing and reinventing jazz.” It’s fitting, then, that this year the festival invited the UCLA Global Jazz Ensemble, a group of six talented jazz

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