CHRIS BENAVIDEZ BAND

Jazz Band from Phoenix, AZ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Chris Benavidez Band (formerly Giant Steps Jazz) is a 4-piece instrumental jazz band - Saxophone, Piano, Bass, and Drums. The band plays instrumental jazz music from Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Cole Porter, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and many more.

As a professional band we've played hundreds of weddings, parties, and events all over Arizona. Some of our customers are The NFL, The Boulders Resort, The Phoenician, Visa Card, The Phoenix Symphony, Chandler Jazz Festival, The Lost Leaf Gallery, and The Phoenix Art Museum.

About Our Saxophonist, Chris Benavidez:
Chris Benavidez is one of the most talented and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade since 2005. In high school, Chris finished First Place at The All State Jazz Band in Phoenix, AZ; the highest position achievable amongst young jazz musicians state wide. Benavidez went on to college at Northern Arizona University where he earned a B.A. in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz.  At NAU, Chris worked extensively with the world renowned Bassist, Joel DiBartolo (of “The Tonight Show Band” with Johnny Carson), Zirque Bonner (Bass player for Stanley Jordan), and Joe Palmer (Saxophonist for the Woody Herman Band). Chris worked as Professor of Music at Coconino Community College, School of Music, in Flagstaff. Chris is a founding member of The Giant Steps Jazz Band and Owner of Perfect Piano Tuning. Currently, Chris is working on his first album with the band Sans Pagaie. The album will be released in late 2016 or early 2017. 

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Christmas Party

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The Giant Steps Band was perfect....Classy & Tasteful music..jazz and popular music. I think they would be great for any event. Good song selection. They were there an hour early and ready to go well in advance of our starting time. The music was incredible. The overall talent of this band was very, very high. We are happy we hired them.

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Wedding

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The band was fantastic and very accommodating! They were a fantastic addition to my swing/big band era themed wedding reception! They were a great success and truly made the evening special. I would highly recommend the Giant Steps Jazz Band!

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Birthday Party (Kids)

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We hired Giant Steps to play at our son's birthday party at our house and were extremely impressed. The band was fantastic! The music sounded amazing! They put together a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the party. The musicians were talented, very polite and professional, and a good time was had by all. Chris made the whole interaction really easy for us, and we only hope we have occasion to see them play again. Thank you so much!

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2015
Dec
3
Christmas Party
Chandler, AZ
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
May
30
Wedding
Waddell, AZ
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
May
16
Wedding Reception
Mesa, AZ
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2015
Jan
7
Corporate Function
Tempe, AZ
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2014
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
Phoenix, AZ
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
2014
Dec
11
Corporate Function
Phoenix, AZ
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
So What
Miles Davis
My Favorite Things
John Coltrane
Freddie Freeloader
Miles Davis
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Cannonball Adderley
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Charles Mingus
One O'Clock Jump
Count Basie
Naima
John Coltrane
Giant Steps
John Coltrane
Dolphin Dance
Herbie Hancock
Alone Together
Grant Green
Big Band
Jazz Band
Swing Band
Acoustic Band
Wedding Band
Jazz Orchestra
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note CHRIS BENAVIDEZ BAND will also travel to Glendale, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler, Sun City, Laveen, Mesa, Scottsdale, Cashion, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, Sun Lakes, Tolleson, Avondale, Higley, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Youngtown, El Mirage, Fountain Hill, Sun City West, Queen Creek, Sacaton, Surprise, Maricopa, Fort Mcdowell, Apache Junction, Waddell, Carefree, Wickenburg.
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