PRLog - Dec. 17, 2012 - CHICAGO -- Six of Chicago's finest jazz performers will grace Benny's beautiful lounge area while diners enjoy the many American contemporary culinary delights from Executive Chef Jonathan Lane.
Jazz Vocalist Lynn Hilton
The entertainment begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. Featured artists include the Sherry Scott Duo and the Lynn Hilton Quartet. Both Scott and Hilton are considered among the greatest jazz vocalists to make Chicago their home. The Sherry Scott Duo features Sherry Scott on vocals and Corky McClerkin on piano. The Lynn Hilton Quartet features Lynn Hilton on piano and vocals, Dexter Sims on bass and vocals, Dudley Owens on saxophone and Malcolm Banks on drums.
Benny's New Year's Eve Celebration will feature the exciting a la carte menu and extraordinary specialty courses which will include Chestnut & Brandy Bisque, Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Black Truffle Studded USDA Prime Beef Tenderloin.Of course, no New Year's Eve can arrive in style without a midnight Champagne toast and an after-party to bring in the New Year.
Sherry Scott (vocalist)
Sherry Scott was born and raised in Chicago and her musical career has spanned over four decades and covers several genres of music.
Her debut as a vocalist was with the AACM, (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) which was founded by Muhal "Richard" Abrams. She performed and recorded with Abrams' big band and with the AACM's Joseph Jarmin Quintet, whose album featured Scott's vocals on the global hit "As If It Were the Seasons". The album received 5 Stars in Downbeat Magazine.
Scott became one of the founding members Earth Wind and Fire, making her the "original" female vocalist. She wrote and sung the group's first hit, "I Think About Loving You" and went on to record several albums with them.
While raising her family, she continued to perform. She traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Africa, dazzling the audiences with standards as well as original material.
In 2000 she moved to New York City, taking on the role of creative partner and singer for Hai Reezolution, a thirteen piece Mambo band. With them, she performed and recorded many well-known jazz standards flavored with a Mambo/Salsa arrangement.
Scott continues to evolve as an artist. Her newest CD, "With Just A Little Love", which blends House music with Global music, has the dance community buzzing. DJ's across the country love it because of its message....non-
Lynn Hilton (pianist/vocalist)
Lynn Hilton exquisitely carries on the musical tradition of such legendary jazz vocalists as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McCrae, and Nina Simone. This modern day Renaissance woman is one of most sought-after musicians in the industry. She is an acclaimed composer, arranger, vocalist, instrumentalist, music director, and educator, and her reputation as an extraordinarily talented performer, graced with style, wit and charisma, continues to grow.
Beginning her career as a teenager, she was appointed musical director for the KUUMBA repertory theater in her native Chicago. She represented the U.S.A. in the International Festival of Song and Voice competition where she was awarded "Best Arrangement"
Continuously working the live jazz scene, Ms. Hilton is one of the most sought after performers on stage and in the studio with her versatile repertoire that includes Jazz, Blues, Latin, Gospel, and today's contemporary music. She has shared her unique performances with fans in many countries in the Caribbean, Far East, Middle East, South America, Africa, and Europe. Her unique keyboard and extraordinary vocal styling has resulted in her affiliation with a variety of luminaries including, Morgana King, Jonathan Butler, Marion Meadows, Hugh Masekela, and Steve Winwood.
Hilton continues her long distance work on behalf of American theatrical companies by serving as musical director in absentia for several theatrical productions including Fences, and Jitney. She continues her hallmark of excellence as composer of several theatrical scores, including Kasimu and the Coconut Palm, and Thunderstorm by award-winning playwright Shongodina Ifatunji.
As a composer Ms. Hilton has written and arranged many national television and radio commercials often serving as composer, contractor, pianist, vocalist and voice- over announcer.
Corky McClerkin (pianist)
Musician, writer and public speaker, Corky McClerkin has been quietly and steadily building a loyal following around the world with his "Total Jazz" sound. His talents and accomplishments in these three areas have shaped the Corky McClerkin we see and hear today.
The Corky McClerkin Trio's television appearances include: WLS Chicago's "Weekend Edition" (renamed "Chicagoing")
Dexter Sims (bassist)
Dexter Sims has been one of the "first call" bassists in the Chicago area for more than two decades. He is originally from the south side of Chicago. He studied music at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has lived in the Boston area and in New York. Sims has played or performed with Ivory Dreams, Jackie Ross ("Selfish One"), Harold Mabern, Oscar Brown Jr., Milt Trenier, George Freeman, R-Kelly, Bobby Broom, Alex Bugnon, Robert Irving III, Kevin Eubanks ("The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno"), Randy Weston, Ernie Wilkins, Phil Cochran, and many more.
Sims has been featured on a number of television and radio shows: Channel 62 - "The Cutting Edge with Darryll King", Cable Access Channel- "What's the 411", ABC Channel 7 - "Chicago Christmas Special with Bill Campbell".
Recently Sims traveled with the Phyllis Hyman tribute "Under Your Spell". He is bassist with the "Wooten Choral Ensemble", a gospel group that has toured the world over the last half century.Sims is a music Instructor on the staff at the Dorolyn Academy of Music, and has been the musical director for a number of projects including shows at ETA Theater and The Black Ensemble.
Dudley Owens (saxophonist)
Dudley Owens was born in 1979 and fell in love with jazz at an early age. The youngest sibling of four, he was born into a musical family. He fell in love with the saxophone when he saw Branford Marsalis playing on a TV show. At the age of 10 he finally got his chance to play the saxophone. Excelling over his peers, he was chosen to perform in numerous solo competitions.
By the time Dudley reached high school he was awarded best soloist at numerous competitions. Dudley was also awarded 4th place in the International Saxophone Competition. Dudley was awarded a full scholarship to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, under the direction of Bunky Green. During his years at North Florida he played lead alto in Jazz Ensemble 1.
Dudley had the privilege of performing or recording with the likes of Bunky Green, John Faddis, Slide Hampton, Tim Warfield, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Antonio Hart, Donald Harrison, Conrad Herwig, Robin Eubanks, Ernie Adams, Marvin Stamm, Orbert Davis, Ed. Peterson, Willie Pickens, Smokie Norful, Deandre Patterson, Steve Turre, the Dells, and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Donald Harrison was quoted as saying Dudley Owens will be one of the jazz greats.
Malcolm Banks (drummer)
Malcolm Banks is a veteran musician of more than 35 years. His career began at age 17, and through the years he has performed with the Emotions, the Dells, Third Rail, Maxx Traxx, the Chicago Catz, Joe Barr, Bluzfolk, Lynn Hilton and the great Jerry Butler, just to name a few. Malcolm has recorded several albums and TV sitcom music.
Benny's New Year's Eve Hours
Open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Live Entertainment - Non-stop Music
from 5 pm to 1 am
Full Dinner Menu, plus Chef's Specials
Guests who dine with us later in the evening will enjoy a champagne toast at midnight.