Join The Drunken Bean and jazz vocalist Jeanne Becker with pianist Chris White & bassist Mike Benning.
Jeanne Becker’s successful musical career formed in Denver, Colorado where she was the manager and lead singer for the Jeanne Becker Band performing regularly at the best Denver jazz clubs, nightclubs, and private engagements.
Jeanne's appealing style and wide repertoire developed from a variety of influences including jazz, swing, blues, and Latin sounds. Her sensuous voice has been described with the statement, "it feels and sounds like velvet."
Pianist Chris White hails from Toronto, Canada. After obtaining a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto, Chris decided to focus his studies entirely on music. In 1997 he attended Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music and pursued his Masters degree in Jazz Studies, graduating with a Phi Kappa Lambda award (National Music Honors Society) and was elected to the Who’s Who of American College Students in 1999. Gaining valuable experience in Indianapolis, he performed with The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold and Oliver Nelson, Jr and Ira Sullivan. He has studied piano with Luke Gillespie, Lynne Arriale, Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris, Andy LaVerne and Hal Galper. Chris was invited to perform in the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia hosted by James Moody, Rufus Reid and David Baker.
Michael Benning is a Chicago-based composer, arranger, educator, and professional bassist. He is highly proficient at jazz and classical music but also works with funk, pop, rock and dance bands on electric bass as well.
A graduate of The Ohio State University (B.M. Jazz Studies 2012). Michael studied with Paul Robinson and Andy Woodson (classical and jazz respectively). It was there he began the serious career of professional music with such groups as the Classic Jazz Quartet, the Newark-Grandville Symphony as well as being a sideman for various other projects, symphonies, wind ensembles and musical theater productions.