Joe Deninzon Jazz Trio

Joe Deninzon – acoustic violin
Bob Bowen – bass
Steve Benson – guitar

Violinist Joe Deninzon and his trio have just released their debut CD, Exuberance.

Song Samples (see videos below):

1. Bodhisattva
2. Exuberance In The Face Of Utter Anguish And Despair
3. Nuages
4. Heaven Beside You
5. Ellipsis
6. Night Coast
7. Sun Goes Down
8. Surreptitious Soliloquy
9. Wichita Lineman
10. Last Days Of Scorpio
11. Chopin Nocturne in Eb Op 9 No. 2
12. Jitterbug Waltz
13. Tourist

The Joe Deninzon Trio is comprised of violinist Joe Deninzon, bassist Robert Bowen, and guitarist Stephen Benson.  On tour the group will be joined by drummer Lucianna Padmore.

The goal of the EXUBERANCE sessions was to capture the essence of three musicians in a room, playing live with no overdubs and no production. The group draws influences from jazz stylists including the gypsy explorations of Django Reinhardt and the hot swing of violinist Stephane Grappelli along with rock and pop standards of the past 40 years including songs by Steely Dan, Alice in Chains, Jimmy Webb and Radiohead.  It asks the question, “What if Grappelli and Django were alive and playing classic rock?”

One of the group’s original songs, “Sun Goes Down” (featuring Luba on lead vocals), has been featured in the independent film, “What’s Up Scarlet?” and a recent winner in the Jazz category of the Billboard and John Lennon International Songwriting Contests.

About the group

Best known for his work on the 7-string electric violin and lead singing with the rock group STRATOSPHEERIUS, Joe Deninzon plays acoustic violin in this Trio.  Joe has performed as a solo violinist with the New York City Ballet, and on album or in concert with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Jane Monheit, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, Smokey Robinson, and Les Paul.  A 10-time BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, his original music has been used on CMT, MTV VH1, Comedy Central, National Geographic, the Travel Channel and the History Channel.  He will be teaching rock violin summer 2010 in Mark O’Conner’s String Camp in New York, and is writing a book about the electric violin for Mel Bay Publications.

Bassist Bob Bowen has played with Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Art Lande, Vassar Clemens, Roseanna Vitro, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Eric Person’s Metamorphosis, Tony Trischka and  Stratospheerious.  He co-leads the MOB Trio with drummer Matt Wilson and tenorman Ohad Talmor.  Another collaborative project is Slog. Bob graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Music Composition from the University of Dayton, and studied in the classical double bass masters program at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.  He is the bass instructor and director of the Jazz Combo Workshop at Hofstra University on Long Island NY, and helped develop the jazz prep program at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music Queens College (CPSM), and the Manhattan-based Creative Music Workshop.

Guitarist Steve Benson is one of the most highly demanded Broadway and session guitarists in New York, being comfortable in a variety of musical settings including jazz, classical music, rock, rhythm and blues, Broadway, bluegrass, and Klezmer music.  He has performed and/or recorded with Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole , Giora Feidmand, Jackie McLean, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes and the American Symphony Orchestra.  He currently performs on Broadway in the orchestra pits of The Lion King, Chicago, Mary Poppins and Hair.  He is on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University.

Anne Leighton





“Heaven Beside You”


“Night Coast”

“Surreptitious Soliloquy”

“Wichita Lineman”

“Chopin Nocturne in Eb Op 9 No. 2”

“The Tourist”