Alexander Claffy Quartet

Sat, May 11, 2019

Alexander Claffy Quartet

with Justin Faulkner and Benny Benack III

Alexander Claffy was raised in a musical household (his father is a pianist, his mother, a vocalist), and had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in Philly native Mike Boone, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world's finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno, Ben Wolfe, Orin O'Brien and Gregg August. Since moving to New York City in 2011, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Johnny O'Neal, Louis Hayes, Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Jr., J.D. Allen, Stacy Dillard, Bruce Harris, Duane Eubanks, Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, and Orrin Evans on whose 2013 release "[It Was Beauty]" he made his recording debut. Alex also appears on three forthcoming records in 2014: JD ALLEN'S "BLOOM" and Ralph Peterson Jr.'s "Alive at Firehouse 12: Volume II", and Ben Eunson's "Autumn". Alexander resides in Harlem.

Justin Faulkner

Drummer, Justin Faulkner of Philadelphia has been playing since he was barely old enough to walk. At age three, he started beating through the heads of pots, pans and anything that would make a sound. This gifted, soft spoken, articulate, musician was born to play. Justin’s training began at the Girard Academic High School Music Program. His formal education, starting at age 7, included studying classical music with Sue Jones, jazz/classical drums and percussion with Samuel Ruttenberg at the Settlement Music School, small group ensembles at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and instruction with the Principal Timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Don Liuzzi.

Benny Benack III

At the age of 26, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based Jazz musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer". As a dual-threat, he’s quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. He first made his mark internationally through competitions, highlighted by winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), and being a Finalist for the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition (2014). After placing in a number of US vocal competitions as well (Gentleman Sing, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival), the stage was set for his bright career.