Caffè Musica presents Bob Cerelli and Matt Benham, Sunday, March 31st, 1:00-3:00pm - no cover. This is fast becoming one of our most popular lunch events. If you have family in town for Thanksgiving this weekend and are tired of cooking - come join us for a break from the leftover turkey and fun and relaxing afternoon of jazz.
"Jazz guitarist and instructor Matt Benham traces his interest in jazz to the more progressive rock music he listened to as a teen growing up in Kirkland, WA. Guitar giants such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan provided a gateway to the sublime sounds of Jim Hall and Howard Roberts. He fashions his approach from the seemingly contradictory styles of Ted Greene and Bill Frisell, sometimes sparse, sometimes lush, but always engaging. An active member of Seattle's jazz community, Matt's solo guitar work has provided the musical backdrop to events for March of Dimes, Microsoft, Ponder, Jazz Night School, and Bellevue Square Mall, and he can regularly be found at Seattle Jazz Guitar Society jams."
"Bob Cerelli started playing guitar at a young age with his father on piano and organ, as well as with the other musical members of his family. He grew up listening to composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter. In addition to studying jazz, he has also studied classical guitar for several years. Bob is an active member of the Seattle Jazz Guitar Society, attending their bi-monthly jam sessions, a great opportunity for jazz guitarists to play with other musicians in a supportive environment. Recently, Bob has played several concerts with a local big band and is involved with monthly jam sessions with the Steve Jones Jazz group. He and fellow jazz guitarist Matt Benham recently formed a duo borne of their shared love for the jazz tradition, and the infinite challenges and rewards reaped by artist and audience alike."