JSA Featured Performer – Bruce Benson

By , January 11, 2012 2:42 pm

Cantor Bruce Benson has been dedicated to composing liturgy for the contemporary Jewish world for more than 40 years. He is, perhaps, best known for his Jazz Service, written and recorded with smooth jazz saxophonist, Kenny G. His blending of modern sounds with traditional Jewish prayers earned him a place in Chosen Voices: The Story of the American Cantorate by Mark Slobin.

The Jazz Service,was the largest selling Jazz album in the Jewish market for well over 10 years. The Rock Service(version 1), a collection of original compositions, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002. The 2nd version, re-released in 2008, featured a now legendary performance of Cantor Benson’s The Healing Prayer with Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band.

Cantor Bruce Benson is currently Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Living. He is the former cantor of Temple Beth Am in Jupiter, FL. He has also served as cantor at the Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale AZ.

In his concerts and travels around the country, Benson strives to redefine the Jewish music landscape of our generation.  Whether performing alone, or with his band, T’zur Yisrael, Benson creates new perspectives and a fresh look at Jewish prayer.

The Judaica Sound Archives welcomes Bruce Benson to our list of featured performers.

5 Responses to “JSA Featured Performer – Bruce Benson”

  1. Rob Kaufman says:

    Cantor Benson is “the” defining composer/performer of Contemporary Jewish music today. He certainly is the most talented and creative!
    I think it’s great that Judaic Sound Archives had the insight and “sechel” to feature this wonderful musician on it’s website! b’shalom, Cantor Rob Kaufman-Santa Fe, New Mexico

  2. Anita Tuber says:

    Mazel tov Bruce! Recognition you surely deserve!

  3. Leslie Rennemo says:

    Cantor B…you rock! Your music is inspiring, touching, and relevant. You make religion come alive.

  4. Sheri Gropper says:

    Hi Bruce, So glad to see your music is being enjoyed and appreciated by many fans! Please let us know if you are going to be in the southern CA area! L’Shalom, Sheri

  5. Birmingham says:

    I agree Rob, I am a great fan of Cantor Benson’s work. I really enjoy it.

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