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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Heidi Beatty and her trio
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
For reservations, contact: pete@goldenagebeer.com 412-205-3635 337 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120 , ...
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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! , ...
Phat Man Dee interplanetary jazz
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
I’ll be with the Phat Man Dee jazz band a the Poetry lounge in Millvale. Phat Man Dee – vocals Carlos Pena – guitar Benjamin May – Bass And David Hanson – Drums 313 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209 , ...
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Private Event
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Private Event
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Private Event – Mode Indigo
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mode Indigo – Olya and Benjamin in concert for a closed event.     , ...
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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 Event
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Duo with Joe Wingenfeld
9:00 am - 11:00 am
I will be at Bloomfield market with the Joe Wingenfeld duo: Joe Wingenfeld – saxophone and clarinet Benjamin May – bass 5050 Liberty Avenue Bloomfield Saturday Market , ...
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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Pittsburgh Philharmonic concert
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
I will be having my second performance as principal bass with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. Sunday, May 19, 2024  4pm The 2023-24 season concludes with music of incredible freshness, originality, and virtuosity that attempts to answer the question: What does Spring sound like? Come hear a blooming garden in Lili , ...
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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! , ...
Pat O’Donnell trio
5:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Pat O’Donnell – Drums Billy Scott – Piano Benjamin May – Bass Refucilo Wine 907 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (412) 251-0231 https://www.refucilo.wine/ , ...
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Benjamin May trio American legion Post 75
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A special Memorial day concert at the Clairton American Legion Post 75. Benjamin may – Piano Paul Cosentino – Saxophone and Clarinet Chris McGraw – Bass American Legion Post 75 Address: 660 Miller Ave, Clairton, PA 15025 Phone: (412) 233-9903 , ...
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Sullivan’s Steakhouse Rich Zabinski trio
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rich Zabinski – Drums   Benjamin May – Piano Heidi Beatty – Vocals 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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Phat Man Dee at Sprezzatura
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phat Man Dee Benjamin May Miguel Sague III  – percussion Carlos Pena Phone: (412) 266-4424 Menu: sprezzaturamenu.com , ...
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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.

Feeling Nostalgic?

Check out our beautiful jazz ensemble, Mode Indigo. Nostalgic music with a twist for special occasions.