Duane Benjamin
Lecturer, Global Jazz Studies


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.

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Continuing Lecturer
Charley Harrison
Continuing Lecturer
Barbara Morrison
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Kenny Burrell
Distinguished Professor
Shana Redmond
Associate Professor
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Roberto Miranda
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Clayton Cameron
Continuing Lecturer
Eddie S. Meadows
Adjunct Professor
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Michele Weir
Adjunct Professor
Ruth Price
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
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