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Benbow, Jr., Warren (Leonard)

Benbow, Jr., Warren [Leonard], drummer, songwriter, producer, educator; b. New York, NY, 22 December 1954. His parents are Warren Sr., and Bernice Benbow, and his sister is Denise Capria. His children are Ken Michael and Kia Michelle.

He attended The High School of Performing Arts and The Mannes School of Music, both in New York City. While in High School Benbow studied drums and percussion with Warren Smith and Morris Glodenberg [of the NY Philharmonic], and at the Mannes College he studied with Walter Rosenberger [of the NY Philharmonic], and Dong Wong Park. Benbow also attended the Jazzmobile music program studying with Freddie Waits and Albert "Tootie" Heath.

While studying at the Jazzmobile, Waits recommended Benbow to Jazz vocalist Betty Carter, and so at 'sixteen and a half years' old Benbow joined Local 802, the musicians union in New York and began his professional career. After his education in the "Betty Carter School of Music," Benbow continued to work and record with the likes of Nina Simone, Larry Willis with Eddie Gomez, Ted Daniel, Sonny and Linda Sharrock, Doug and Jean Carn, Olu Dara, Carlos Garnett, Jimmy Owens with Chris White and Kenny Baron, Weldon Irvine, Jr., Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Ester Phillips, Michael Urbaniak, Teruo Nakamura, John Stubblefield, Harry Whitaker, and James Blood Ulmer.

As a musician based in New York City, Benbow has also done many Broadway Shows, Jingles and worked with pop artists such as Whitney Houston, Gwen Guthrie, LL Cool J, S.W.V. and Mary J. Blige. Mr. Benbow has traveled around the world, performing at jazz clubs, concert halls and major music festivals in the U.S.A., Japan, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, and Great Britain among others.  His name has appeared in most jazz publications including DownBeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Modern Drummer, Rhythm and Drums [the Japanese equivalent to Modern Drummer] and he endorses Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks.

Benbow has taught at the Drummers Collective in New York, the New School in New York and at the Manna House workshop also in New York. He studied at the Rutgers-Newark Summer Institute on Jazz Education, Lewis Porter, director, 1988. Benbow has a Bachelor of Science degree in music and is currently working on his Masters Degree in Teaching at Lehman College, CUNY, in New York.

Larry Willis; Inner Crisis; Nina Simone: Emergency Ward; James "Blood" Ulmer" Odyssey' Teruo Nakamura" Super friends (1985); Dengel Warren Benbow CD's on MP3: Acoustic Jazz Trio: www.mp3.com/dengeltrio, The Spiritual Jazz Quartet: www.mp3.com/spiritualjazz

Television broadcasts:
Nancy Wilson on "New York Undercover"

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