Jake Benjamin, Ruby Greenberg, Kayla Raquel Schwartz

Jake Benjamin

Ruby Greenberg

Kayla Raquel Schwartz

Sun · October 6, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Jake Benjamin
Jake Benjamin
In life, sometimes where you begin is where you belong. A few years ago, singer-songwriter Jake Benjamin made a left turn from his core self of being a musician that sent him on a winding, self-reflective odyssey through states and states of mind. He announced his return to music with his aptly-titled debut EP, Finally Back Home, an exquisite collection of jazz-tinged pop.

Jake is one of those rare gifted artists that early on could sing better than they could speak. Yet, when it came time to go to college, Jake decided to pursue a career as a music business professional, and chose not to fine tune his prodigious talents. However, while in college, Jake became reacquainted with songwriting and discovered the beauty of jazz. “I fell in love with the fact that music could be an exchange of energies between two people,” Jake shares.

The New York-based artist earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music’s Music Business and Studio Music & Jazz programs, and earned his master’s degree from Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music where he studied voice. Because of this formal training, core to Jake’s aesthetic is his sophisticated harmonic compositional vocabulary. During his studies, Jake has been fortunate to share the stage with renowned artists like Tierney Sutton, Darmon Meader, James Newton Howard, Kate McGarry, Cyrille Aimée, and many more.
Ruby Greenberg
Ruby Greenberg
Raised in a musical house in Colorado, Ruby Greenberg now breathes her mountain west upbringing into the stages and studios of Manhattan and beyond. A singer, songwriter, and performer based in NYC, Ruby fuses warm shades of folk, Americana, and jazz into her original music. She spent her early years learning multiple instruments and a diverse range of music, and grew her voice through her teens performing in markets, festivals, and Colorado fairs. After spending these formative musical years in the red rockies, she packed up and moved to Seattle at age 18, nearly quitting music altogether. She realized she craved the musical life she'd started, and following the call to sing, she switched coasts and moved to New York to attend The New School Conservatory for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. She eventually found home in songwriting, and has been recording, touring, and performing her original music ever since. Ruby has opened for Broadway rock singer Lena Hall, won the Jazz Forum Arts vocal competition in NY, and has shared the stage as a backup singer and soloist with musicians Kate Baker, Vic Juris, Armen Paul, and Jo-B Sebastian. Her debut single "Always" was released in April.
Kayla Raquel Schwartz
Kayla Raquel Schwartz
Kayla Raquel Schwartz is a vocalist and composer born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida.

In 2017, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, studying under the direction of Kate Reid. While at UM, Kayla sang lead soprano with Frost Extensions, where she had the privilege of working and performing with renowned musicians including Cyrille Aimée and Becca Stevens. Kayla performed at several major festivals and events with Extensions, including the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival (2015), the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (2016), and the JEN Conference (2017).

In the summer of 2017, she was selected to represent the Frost School of Music at Dave Liebman’s International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference in Siena, Italy—the first vocalist in the history of Frost to be given this opportunity.

Kayla continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received her master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 2019. She was a student of Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Jason Moran, John McNeil, and Frank Carlberg. In January 2019, she appeared at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts as the vocalist with the New England Conservatory SLUGS ensemble under the direction of Jason Moran, performing at his exhibit exploring historic jazz venues around the country.

Kayla currently resides in Boston, where she works as a freelance vocalist across a variety of styles and performs her original music as a bandleader. She will be relocating to New York City in the fall of 2019.
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.theboweryelectric.com/