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Benny Bock

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Benny Bock is a pianist from El Cerrito, California. He currently studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Dan Wall, Gary Bartz, and Billy Hart. He has shared the stage with Dayna Stephens, Nicole Henry, the Charles Mingus Big Band, and Ed Reed. During his time at Berkeley High School, Benny has won awards in the Santa Cruz, Folsom, Monterey Next-Gen, and Charles Mingus festivals. He also studied in Havana, Cuba during this time, and returned to explore the rich music there. An avid electronics enthusiast, Benny produces and records his own music, and works as a synthesizer demonstrator with legendary synth pioneer Tom Oberheim. 

Nora Stanley is a saxophonist and composer returning to her native Bay Area fresh out of Oberlin Conservatory. Growing up she was surrounded by music of all sorts and attended Berkeley High School's prestigious jazz program, also participating in conglomerate programs including SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Jazzschool and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, where she was mentored by John Calloway. She has had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where she absorbed music that has informed her developing voice as a musician and composer. At Oberlin, Nora studied with Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart, and has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Eddie Henderson, Etienne Charles and Dayna Stephens. 

Owen Storey is a bassist currently studying at Manhattan School of Music with Jay Anderson. When he is not studying in New York, he is an active performer and teacher in the Bay Area. While in high school, he was a member of various honor bands, including the Berklee Five Week Workshop, where he studied with Terri Lyne Carrington. He has performed at many of the top Bay Area jazz venues, including Yoshi's and the SFJAZZ Center, and has taught at the Jazzschool and for the SFJAZZ summer workshops.

Pele-Or Greenberg is a New York-based drummer studying at The New School with Andrew Cyrille, Kendrick Scott and Rodney Green, and hails from Berkeley, California. While at Berkeley High School, he became an active member of the Bay Area music scene, performing at famed venues such as Yoshi’s, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage, Cafe du Nord, Slim’s and others, as well as the legendary Los Angeles club Whisky a Go-Go. While at Berkeley High, Pele competed at festivals including the Reno, Folsom and Monterey Next-Gen festivals, and spent a week studying in Havana, Cuba. In addition to playing in numerous Jazz groups in school, Greenberg also was an active member of an indie rock trio known as Black Bones, which recorded multiple EPs and performed around the Bay Area.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: July 11
The Acoustic Guitar Project
Later Event: July 13
Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines