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Watch and Listen: The Daniel Bennett Group Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

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The Daniel Bennett Group

Saxophonist and composer Daniel Bennett first showed interest in his instrument when his sister brought him to see a high school jazz ensemble when he was nine years old. Now he's an active performer on the New York jazz scene; his ensemble the Daniel Bennett Group was recently voted “Best New Jazz Group” at the New York Hot House Awards.

Watch the performance on the WRTI Facebook page.

A native of Rochester, NY, Bennett played local gigs during his undergrad years at Roberts Wesleyan College. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Saxophone Performance at The New England Conservatory in Boston, where he connected with drummer Bob Moses, who acted as a mentor, and encouraged Daniel to launch the Bennett Alliance record label.

Daniel now performs and teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music. Described as “Exploratory Folk-Jazz hybrid” by The Boston Herald, Bennett’s music is known to be a bit hypnotic.

The Daniel Bennett Group includes guitarist Nat Janoff and drummer Matthew Feick.

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.