Benny Benack Quintet with guest vocalist Anaïs Reno next up at Summer Concerts on the Hudson

The concert is Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

What better way to spend a summer evening than to hear great music at the spectacular setting of Lincoln Harbor Park on the Hudson River in Weehawken?

On Wednesday, August 24, the Hudson River Performing Arts Center presents an evening of jazz with world class trumpet player Benny Benack III and special guest vocalist Anaïs Reno.

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Award-winning trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III is well-known for his fiery trumpet playing and his sly, mature, and naturally expressive vocal stylings in the post-Sinatra mold.  He performs standards and his own songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship.

​Benny’s been showcased in international tours at Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, JALC’s “NY Jazz All-Stars” (Mexico) and extensively all over Asia and Europe.  He’s been featured at iconic clubs Birdland, Mezzrow, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle and other leading New York venues.

In early 2020, he released his second CD, “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.” This recording, brimming with bop inflection, features bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride and other jazz luminaries. ​Benny was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, and a past winner of the Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition.

Guest vocalist Anaïs Reno is a rising jazz star who, at the young age of 18, recently headlined a week of shows at the legendary jazz club, Birdland. Broadway World calls hers “a once in a lifetime voice.”

Anais Reno photo by Sophie Elgort

Both Benny and Annaïs are big fans of Frank Sinatra and part of their show will be devoted to “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”

All concerts for the series take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, located just north of the Chart House restaurant, directly on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey.  The concert is weather permitting.

Public transportation options include NJ Transit bus #158, the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, and NY Waterway Ferry to Lincoln Harbor.  And for those who choose to drive, free parking is available.

The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC), a New Jersey Not-For-Profit, presents this summer long series of open-air concerts free of charge to the general public.   Concerts are family friendly.  Audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnicking is permitted on the lawn.  For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, parking info, instructions in case of rain, and general updates, please check the HRPAC website… or call the concert information line at 201-582-2022.

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