Nick Benitez

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Nick Benitez is a trumpeter, educator, and composer from New York City. Having grown up playing bass, classical/electric guitar in church, music has always been a part of the young jazz musician's life. Nick grew up mostly playing traditional South American and Caribbean music and picked up the trumpet at the age of 11. While completing his Bachelors Degree at Montclair State University, Nick taught middle school and high school jazz bands and many private students. Having toured the country, parts of Canada and the Caribbean, Nick has played and recorded a wide variety of music from Jazz to Afro-Beat to Salsa and African Bomba music. Nick spent the past year managing and assisting High Note recording artist and world renown jazz trumpeter, Jeremy Pelt. Holding a Masters Degree in Studio Jazz and Performance from The University of Miami, Nick is currently a first year doctoral candidate here at UM with a cognate in Jazz Pedagogy.