(196 Total References)
D.C. LaRue @ Disco-Disco.com
Disco DJ, record producer and music publisher John 'Jellybean' Benitez has been quoted as saying that he thinks 'Cathedrals' is one of the most influential Disco recordings of the entire decade.
Over the years there have been countless people crediting 'Cathedrals' as changing their lives... musical and otherwise.
Legendary DJ/producer/publisher Johnny 'Jellybean' Benitez has turned out to be a wonderful and long time acquaintance and we speak on a regular basis.
John 'Jellybean' Benitez
John 'Jellybean' Benitez
TUNEGO MUSIC PRODUCER
John "Jellybean" Benitez: music producer, composer, performer, film producer, executive and mogul.
A one-man conglomerate who has utilized his
inimitable talent to assemble his
own multimedia empire and whose career is a tale of remarkable innovation, adaptability, durability and achievement.
has produced and/or remixed over one hundred "Top 10" hits and more than thirty-five #1 records, and has compiled an unrivaled discography of platinum and multi-platinum smashes.
In addition to his
incredible success as a producer, Benitez
also earned acclaim as a performer with his
debut album Wotupski?! (EMI, 1984), which generated two number one dance hits, "The Mexican" and "Sidewalk Talk" (which also broke the top 10 of the Billboard 100 charts).
Angel David Mattos - Jazz Boricua - BIO
Since 1988 Angel David has performed in studio sessions and live performances with major figures such as Dave Valentin, Alex AcuÃ±a, Bob Mintzer, John Benitez, Mike Stern, Antonio Sanchez, Claudio Roditti ,Giovanie Hidalgo, David Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Humberto Ramirez, Jon Lucien, Luis "Perico" Ortiz among others.
ZOHO Music - Artists
ZOHO Music - Artists
Grammy award-winning bassist John Benitez, born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, started playing gospel music in church at the age of thirteen.
Already a gifted musician, John began his formal education at "Escuela Libre de Musica" followed by study at the University of Puerto Rico and later the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with master bassist Federico Silva.
At nineteen, John
as the first-call bassist in San Juan's thriving Jazz, R&B, and Latin music scenes.
performed with, among others, such well-known artists as Chick Corea, Lucecita Benitez, Batacumbele, Lalo Rodriguez, Cuco Pena, Roberto Roena, and Justo Betancourt.
early twenties, he
toured with Batacumbele to Columbia, South America where he
continued to play and study music.
Always in demand, John
was asked to play with some of the top names in the country like Joe Madrid and often accompanied international touring artists like trumpeter "Chocolate" Armentos.
learned on the bandstand performing with some of the finest Jazz and Latin musicians including, Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Michele Camilo, Dave Valentin, Eddie Palmieri, Bobby Watson, David Sanchez, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Danilo Perez, Kenny Kirkland, Will Calhoun, Vinny Valentino, Chucho Valdez, Don Pullen, Dave Samuels, and Mongo Santamaria, to name just few.
John has participated in two instructional videos with master percussionist Giovanni Hildalgo and Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa.
As a sideman and a featured special guest, John
has performed in all of the major jazz festivals and venues around the world including Turkey, Jordan (where he
played for the royal family), South America, Canada, Norway, Finland, and all over Europe.
was chosen by the United States Information Agency and the Kennedy Center
to represent the United States as a Jazz Ambassador on a tour of South America.
has played and recorded with some of the finiest Jazz, Latin, and R&B musicians and has learned something from each and every one of them.
This diversity of influence and experience is reflected in his
first recording as a leader, Descarga
in New York, released in August 2001 on Khaeon World Music.
Together with his Trio (the gifted pianist/composer Luis Perdomo and the powerhouse drummer Dafnis Prieto) and special guest percussionist, Richie Flores and the tenor saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, John has created a strong musical statement which highlights his prodigious talents as a bassist--both acoustic and electric-composer, arranger, and and producer.
is featured as a sideman on ZOHO releases "Frenesi" by Carlos Barbosa-Lima (ZM 200408), and "Standards Rican-ditioned" by Ray Barretto.
The A-Z Of Electro
DJ at The Funhouse, John 'Jellybean' Benitez met Madonna in the DJ booth one night, stepped out with her for two years and mixed her records, thus drawing a strong link between Electro and the biggest female star in music.