Singer Pianist and Bandleader
Originally from London, Daniel started his musical journey in his 20s whilst living and working in Switzerland. Developing as a Jazz Pianist and Blues singer (separately), Daniel studied jazz at EJMA and toured as a singer with a number of Swiss bands who performed regularly at Blues, Jazz and Rock festivals in France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Alongside a passion for Jazz and Blues, Daniel’s operatic and musical theatre styles have seen him perform on a variety of stages across the UK and Europe where he has performed as Elvis (Geneva, Switzerland), Freddie Mercury (Frankfurt, Germany) and as a lead Italian tenor in a London production of “Lend me a Tenor”.
After three years as pianist/singer on various Cruise Ships, Daniel returned to London in 2010 to quickly be selected as Musical Director of events and resident pianist at Caffe Concerto, The Ivy and The RAC Club. Alongside London-based residencies and events, Daniel has made festival performances at Bestival, Wireless Hyde Park and Somerset House as well as guest artist appearances at Pizza Express (Chelsea and Soho), The Savoy (Beaufort), Piano Bar, Toulouse Lautrec, Piano Works, Bassoon Bar, New Players Theatre, Cafe de Paris, Ronnie Scott’s and The Phoenix Arts Club.
As well as performing as a singer at a wide variety of venues, festivals and private events, Daniel has also worked as a coach and educator for pianists and singers – some of whom have achieved success with Music School Scholarships, Musical Theatre roles and TV Talent Shows. As a songwriter, Daniel has collaborated with a vast array of producers including Queen’s former producer David Richards, as well as working with fresh talent – some of whom started as his singing pupils in their teens .
At heart, as well as having a great love for variety, world music, musical theatre and classical music, Daniel remains primarily a singer/pianist in the jazz/blues tradition, with his most enduring influences being Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Oscar Peterson, Tom Waits, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Nina Simone.
Jazz Pianist Singer – favourite styles: Sinatra / Billie Holiday
Original song about World Music: “I am an “Alternative Key Worker”
1st April I wrote a song called “Real Angels” for the Brave NHS staff … please help by sharing on Social Media #realangels
– CORONANOTE – Daniel is currently teaching, writing and recording as all events and concerts have been cancelled till 2021.
Daniel Benisty is a Singer, Pianist, Singing Pianist, Guitarist, Guitarist-Singer, Comedian, Arranger, Teacher, Writer, Actor, Bandleader, Musical Director, Events Organiser, Musical Comedian, Agent, Impersonator, Tribute Artist, Accompanist, Poet and Cook.
Daniel has played live music at The Savoy, The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Hilton, Bestival, Lucerne Blues Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Hard Rock Cafe, The Ivy, Caffe Concerto, Cafe Rouge, The Gherkin, The Globe, The Shard, Piano, Piano Works, The Piano Bar, Bassoon Bar, New Players Theatre, RAC Club, Langham, Cafe de Paris, Ronnie Scott’s Phoenix Arts Club and many hundreds of private venues and events around the country.
Daniel performing as a singer with Jazz Quintet
Daniel performing as a pianist singer with Jazz Quartet
Daniel has performed as a Comedian at TNT, The Comedy Pub Leicester Square, Way Out West, Grafton, Monty’s, Nell of Old Drury. In August 2020, Daniel will be performing 4 Camden Fringe Shows as Comedian / Musical Impressionist at 4 London venues, inc Bill Murray and Museum of Comedy.