PIANIST, EMCEE, COMPOSER, EDUCATOR
Bennett Roth-Newell is a pianist/keyboardist, composer/arranger, emcee, producer, and multi-genre music educator based in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Bennett began piano lessons when he
was 7 years old and by age 10 became fascinated with jazz.
After playing mostly classical music during his first few years
of studying piano, Bennett set off on a path of learning jazz standards and immersed himself in the music of the jazz
giants—especially of legendary jazz pianists Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Bill Evans—while practicing determinedly
to develop his sound on the piano as an improviser. Starting as
a teenager, he also found a love in hip-hop music and began
honing his craft as a lyricist, recording artist, producer, and
He studied jazz piano with John Simon and jazz arranging with trombonist/composer Doug Leibinger. He completed his undergraduate education as Distinguished Graduate in
Jazz Studies. Bennett ventured to San Jose State University
directly after and completed a master’s degree in jazz studies
while studying jazz composition and arranging with saxophonist/composer Aaron Lington and jazz piano
with the late esteemed pianist Frank Sumares.
Some of Bennett's career highlights & current endeavors include:
Appearances at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Yoshi’s, Shoreline Amphitheater, Great American Music Hall (San Francisco), The Guild Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival, and countless other venues, festivals, and events.
Contributing to numerous albums: The Bad Ones, Mason Razavi, Amy D, Jonah Melvon, Maya Victoria, Tracy Cruz, Lilan Kane, Justin Engel, Anton Commissaris, The JurassiC, Soulful Obsession, James Tha Spitta, B-Jada, 7th Street Big Band, and many others.
Serving as Creative Arts Director at The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park, CA, teaching piano, drums, bass, composition, band classes, hip-hop songwriting, and electronic music production.
Performing alongside some of jazz’s top-flight musicians including Matt Wilson, John Handy, Aaron Lington, Wally Schnalle, Carl Allen, Marc Sherman, Steffen Kuehn, John Worley, John Shifflett, Jason Lewis, Tony Lindsay, Mike Williams, Jamie Davis, Lorca Hart, Idris Ackamoor, and more.