Pianist Singer

Daniel Benisty

Singer Pianist and Bandleader

Singer Pianist from early childhood, Daniel is now the Founder and Band leader of The London Swing and Soul Band who perform many styles of music: Swing / Rock / Pop / Jazz / Soul / Klezmer / Opera / Musicals / Latin / World. Though London-born, Daniel has travelled and lived in many countries and sings in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Russian and German.

Daniel performs and entertains in many ways: as a Singer Pianist / Solo Singer with backing tracks / with small or large band / Solo Pianist (instrumental / classical), Singalong Pianist / Songwriter / Arranger / Bandleader / Host / Musical Diretor / DJ / Events Organiser / Toastmaster / MC.   Though his first instrument was the guitar, Daniel developed a love for playing piano in his late teens and later in his late 20s started singing with piano.   More recently, Daniel also sings without playing piano as singing standing up is easier and more engaging:)

Daniel Benisty Piano Vocal Showreel

Daniel Benisty Jazz Singer – “Nightingale Sang in Berkely Sq”

 

Influences

Influences and Favourites include:  Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, Muse, Smiths, A-Ha, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Puccini, Neil Diamond, Marvin Gaye, Tom Jones, James Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Dr John, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Nirvana, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, Yasmin Levy, Maria de la Paz, Anthony and the Johnsons, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Isaac Hayes, Percy Sledge, Shostakovich, Buena Vista Social Club, Ofra Haza, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and last but not least The Doors and Jimi Hendrix

Background

London-born Daniel Benisty is a singer, entertainer, jazz pianist, guitarist, songwriter and musical director. After some training in classical guitar and piano in his teens, Daniel undertook a postgraduate Jazz course at EJMA whilst living in Lausanne in his 20s. After travelling extensively and living abroad in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and USA for 12 years, Daniel re-emerged on the London scene in the early 2010s and has taken his performances to Music Festivals, Private Parties, Corporate Events, Weddings and Songwriting Showcases. Fresh from appearances at Bestival 2015 on the Isle Of Wight, Daniel continues his residencies and performances in London either solo or with his Jazz band. Most weekends, Daniel is singing, or band-leading at private events. Enjoying occasional invitations to perform in Musical Theatre, Daniel recently took a lead role as the Italian Tenor Tito Merelli in a Players2 Production of “Lend Me a Tenor” to fantastic critical acclaim, and has just been appointed Musical Director of “Sister Act” to be performed in October 2017

Songwriting

Whilst living in Switzerland, Daniel co-wrote an album with Muriel Dubuis (Head of Vocals at Montreux Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz School) and collaborated with the late David Richards (David Bowie, Queen) and Francois Planson (Theatre de Vidy). Collaborating in the UK with Jordan Brown and James Bacon, Daniel plans to release his first full-length album in 2016. Among his most enduring influences are Freddy Mercury, Elvis Presley and Jeff Buckley and indeed Daniel has either performed at, hosted, organised or musically directed Tribute Shows to each of these artists, in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva, on Cruise Ships and all over the UK. A lover of live music and always searching for new talent, Daniel currently hosts and promotes two live music events and songwriting showcases in Central London.

Entertainment

A true eclectic with a taste for a dozen rhythms and languages, Daniel is an artist of unusual depth and breadth, who enjoys making events as interactive as possible, either by taking requests, or inviting people up to sing with him at the piano. As Musical Director of Caffe Concerto and past resident performer at the Ritz Club, RAC, New Players Theatre, Savoy Beaufort Bar among other London venues, Daniel has accumulated a huge network of highly talented musicians and singers.   Whether its a solo performance, a duo, trio or 12-piece band, Daniel has the experience and expertise to arrange the music and entertainment for a host of occasions.   As well as making guest appearances as jewish wedding singer musical director, actor, presenter or pianist, Daniel is the bandleader of 3 bands: Soul Plated, The London Swing Band and The London Simcha Band.