BENJAMIN MAY

Musician, Arranger, Music Educator

About Me

After many years of classical training, I moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue performing jazz full time. With 35 years and 14,000+ performances in LA, I have amassed a great deal of real life experience on the stage that I use to enrich and encourage the students I work with. In addition, I worked as an instrumental aid, full time, for over 20 years in Long Beach Unified School District.

In 2023, I relocated to Pittsburgh and I am now actively a part of the jazz scene. In 2024, I became a member of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as principal bass.

Performance calendar

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April 2024

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse Benjamin May Duo
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
I will be performing on piano  with my nephew Nathan May, on bass. First set features Daniel May on piano and me on flute. Sullivans 600 Grant Street Lower, Lobby, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 For reservations, call: 412-775-4000 General Manager: Scott Watson Executive Chef: Aaron McGuire , ...
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Private Party
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Dr. James Johnson Jr. trio with the Pittsburgh Opera
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. James Johnson Jr. and his trio: Benjamin May – bass and James Johnson III – drums with the Pittsburgh Opera company at: St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 444 Lincoln Ave, East Liberty, PA 15206 (412) 441-9706 , ...
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Jam Session with Tony Campbell
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
I’ll be with saxophonist Tony Campbell,  hosting the Jam session at Golden Age Beer Co. Tony Campbell – saxophone Eric Krouse – keyboards Benjamin May – bass David Hanson – drums For reservations, contact: pete@goldenagebeer.com 412-205-3635 See you there! , ...
Trudy Holler jazz at the Breezeway
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
I’ll be with: Trudy Holler – vocals Don Aliquo Sr. – saxophone Mark Lucas – guitar and Benjamin May – bass. 7-10 7113 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh PA 15208 Tel: 412-805-4426 Email: thebreezewayhome@gmail.com , ...
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Rich Zabinski Trio
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
I will be performing on bass with guitarist, Eric Sosoeff and drummer Rich Zabinski. See you there!   Phone: 412-775-4000 Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 600 Grant Street Lower, Lobby, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 General Manager: Scott Watson Executive Chef: Aaron McGuire , ...
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Jam Session with Tony Campbell
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
I’ll be with saxophonist Tony Campbell,  hosting the Jam session at Golden Age Beer Co. Tony Campbell – saxophone Eric Krouse – keyboards Benjamin May – bass David Hanson – drums For reservations, contact: pete@goldenagebeer.com 412-205-3635 See you there! , ...
Rich Zabinski trio
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rich Zabinski – drums Howie Alexander – keys Benjamin May – bass Ciappino – 2350 Railroad St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 cioppinoofpittsburgh.com 412 281 6593 Home , ...
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Jazz at Emmanuel
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
I will be doing a special Jazz church service from 5:00-7:00 at Emmanuel Episcopal church. Here is the band: Dr. James T. Johnson Jr.- piano and Pamela Johnson vocals Tom Wendt – drums Benjamin May- bass Lou Schreiber – reeds Jazz at Emmanuel 412-231-0454 Emmanuel Episcopal Church 957 W. North AvenueP , ...
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Private Party
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Private Event
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jam Session with Tony Campbell
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
I’ll be with saxophonist Tony Campbell,  hosting the Jam session at Golden Age Beer Co. Tony Campbell – saxophone Eric Krouse – keyboards Benjamin May – bass David Hanson – drums For reservations, contact: pete@goldenagebeer.com 412-205-3635 See you there! , ...
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Rich Zabinski Trio
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
I will be performing on bass with pianist Max Leake and drummer Rich Zabinski. See you there!   Phone: 412-775-4000 Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 600 Grant Street Lower, Lobby, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 General Manager: Scott Watson Executive Chef: Aaron McGuire , ...
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Pat O’Donnell sextet
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Pat O’Donnell sextet is back again for another great show. Pat O’Donnell – Drums Benjamin May- Bass Jeff Kunkel – Piano Eric DeFade – Saxophone Alex Perez – Trumpet Kevin McManus – Trombone Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/W+Commons,+Pittsburgh,+PA+15212/@40.452 , ...
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Sullivan’s Steakhouse Benjamin May Duo
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
I will be performing on piano  with my nephew Nathan May, on bass. First set features Daniel May on piano and me on flute. Sullivans 600 Grant Street Lower, Lobby, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 For reservations, call: 412-775-4000 General Manager: Scott Watson Executive Chef: Aaron McGuire , ...
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My Journey

As a freelance bassist, I have worked with countless singers and music groups ranging from full big bands or symphony orchestras, to small combos like quintets or as small as a duo. Some notables I have performed with include: Joe Pass, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O’Day, Annie Ross, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Vereen, Bill Henderson, Barbara Morrison, Llew Matthews, Johnny Crawford, Bill Elliot, Al Viola, Frank Sinatra Jr., Seth MacFarlane, just to name a few. A have also opened for Joe Zawinul, and Tony Bennett. As a recording artist, I have recorded on over 40 CDs for various artists and projects.

Discography

ArtistAlbumReleasedLabel
Bill ElliotThe Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra featuring Vocalworks & Amy Weston1994Wayland Records
Dan St. MarseilleRetrospection1995Resurgent Music
Barbara MorrisonI Know How to Do It1997Chartmaker Records
Charles RutherfordCollage1997Sea Breeze Records
Sherwood SledgeLove Me By Name1999Maywood Records
Ron EschetéThe Beatles: Instrumental Jazz Tribute2000Sugo Records
Dewey EarneyChristmas Time is Here2000Resurgent Music
Beth Fitchet WoodSilos2001Maywood Records
Judy ChamberlainRoad Trip2002JazzBabyRecords
DraganaI Still Feel You2002CD Baby
Dewey EarneyStandards of Excellence, Volume 1, Dearly Beloved2003Resurgent Music
Dewey EarneyStandards of Excellence , Volume 3Resurgent Music
The BaroquelelesMeet the Baroqueleles2005CD Baby
The BaroquelelesA Baroquelele Christmas2005CD Baby
Rick BlessingI'm Just The Guy For You2007
Janice AndersonThe Sweetest Sounds2013CD Baby
Brynn StanleyClassic2017SonoPath Productions

Find Out More

My musical hobbies include being a multi-instrumentalist, collecting instruments, arranging and composing, and expanding my musical horizons to new influences and opportunities to learn and grow as a musician.

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