Michel Bénébig, organiste de Jazz & Blues, compositeur et fondateur de l’AMJ-BECA ( Association des Musiciens de Jazz & Blues pour les Echanges et la Création Artistique )
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Michel Bénébig was born in New Calédonia ( South-Pacific ) on June 27/1964.
He started playing bass, accordéon and électronic-organ ( Farfisa ) at 11 in differents dancing-bands all around New Calédonia..
Michel started to learn piano and music-theory at 16 at the E.T.M ( Ecole Territoriale de Musique de Nouméa ), he obtained the “Golden Médal” certificat on Piano in 1988 .
From 1990 to 1992 Michel studied in high level of classical-piano training in France at the ‘National Conservatory of Music of Besançon’.
In june 1992, Michel switched from Classical Piano to Jazz-Organ ( Hammond B3 Organ ). Michel bought hundreds of CDs of Jazz organ Masters like; Jimmy Smith, Jack Mc Duff, Jimmy Mc Griff, Lonnie Smith, Sheirley Scott, Richard “ Groove “ Holmes, Don Paterson, Rhoda Scott, Charles Earland, Johnny Hammond Smith, Eddy Louiss etc... and as a self taught musician, Michel learnt the Blues & Jazz organ technics, spending hours and hours of practicing the pedals ...
At this time, Michel is a piano teacher at the “ E.T.M “ ( Ecole Territoriale de Musique de Nouméa ), he started teaching blues & Jazz organ technics from 2001 to 2004..
Michel had a grade-level teaching and performing exam in 2003, he obtained the “ D.E “ ( Diplome d’Etat / State Diploma ) on the Hammond Organ at the “ ETM “ now “ C.M.N.C “ ( Conservatoire de Musique de Nouvelle Calédonie ).
Michel left the C.M.N.C in December 2006 to create an association called ‘AMJ-BECA’ ( Association des Musiciens de Jazz & Blues pour les Echanges et la Création Artistique ).The AMJ-BECA produce concerts, tours, ‘master-class’ etc… all around New Caledonia and overseas ….
Michel is performing everywhere in New Calédonia , overseas : Australia ( Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania ), New-Zealand ( Auckland, Wellington, Napier, Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargil etc.. ), Fiji ( Suva ), Vanuatu ( Vila ), Florida USA ( Orlando ) & California USA ( Los Angeles & San-Francisco ), Ile de la Réunion ( Indian Océan ), France ( Paris, Nice, Marseille etc.. )
Michel is now recognized as one of the leading Soul-Jazz-organist around the world..
Michel was elected the “Organist of the Month” of may 2006 by “ The International Archives for the Jazz-Organ “ ( http://www.iajo.org ) , and received a certificat – diploma.
Michel mett and played with Jazz Organists like :
Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Mc Griff, Larry Goldings, Rhoda Scott, Tony Monaco , Duke Jethro, Dave Matthiew, Eddy Crocetti , Stefan Patry, Cole Nolan,Tim Neal, Cameron Scott, Darren Heinrich ...
Michel also performed with International musicians like:
Bruce Forman, Lewis Nash, Frank Potenza, Paul Kreibich, Carl Lockett, James Levi, Akira Tana, Denise Perrier, Nick Haywood, Joel Taylor, Randy Jonhston, Doug Webb, George Coleman Jr , Andrew Dickeson , Roger Manins , Pete France, Rodger Fox , Dixon Nacey, Vaughn Roberts , Ron Samsom , Anthony Hopkins, Tom Mawi , Adam Simmons , Cameron Allen , Anthony Baker, Mike Jordan, Phil Collings, Matt Kirsch, Edward York, Brendan O’Reilly, Paul Williamson, Creag Beard, Eugene Ball, Ronnie Ferrella , Peter Knight, Roger Sellers, Bob Bertles, and many more...
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