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Lackner, Benny (Benjamin S.)

Lackner, Benny (Benjamin S.), pianist, educator, composer, b. Berlin, German, 1976. He was raised on American folk songs and blues by his California native father. Upon moving to America at 13, his jazz drummer uncle (Tom Lackner) introduced him to the world of jazz. Benny has gone on to study with pianist Brad Mehldau, to perform at the Monterey and the Montreux jazz festivals, The Knitting Factory and Tonic and to play with artists such as the late Billy Higgins, Ed Schuller and drummer Pheroan akLaff. He currently co-leads the avant-jazz group Maroon and leads The Benny Lackner Trio. He is the founder of JAW (Jazz Against War) which has brought together a lot of NYC's finest downtown jazz musicians such as Marc Ribot and Sex Mob to raise money for different anti-war organizations.

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