Originally hailing from Germany, Joe Benjamin is a New York-based vocalist, composer and bandleader. He is currently at the helm of “Joe Benjamin and A Mighty Handful”, a genre-bending 10-piece band with whom he has gained a devoted following in New York City, and toured throughout Europe to sold-out concert halls.
Joe's music is truly all-encompassing, combining an accessible, pop-rock songwriting style with the lush, complex harmonies of modern jazz and the intoxicating rhythmic feeling of funk. Perhaps the most outstanding qualities of Joe's music are his gift for storytelling and his riveting performance style that brings those stories to life. The lyrical content of his songs weave detailed accounts of all that his life in New York City has to offer from finding love to finding bed bugs, to his gripes about his "First World Problems" to his plaintive narratives of bittersweet nostalgia.
Joe Benjamin signifies a new way for big band music- to neither exclude the modern audience that craves idioms of funk and pop nor disappoint jazz aficionados who long for thoughtful arrangements
The arrangements the band plays (which are largely the work of the brilliant German-born and New York-based composer, arranger and saxophonist Martin Seiler), are both spectacular and nuanced, and are brought to life by Joe's star-studded band, whose members each bring their own unique voice to the ensemble. United in a single presence, the band gives the impression not of a dry, over-educated "jazz orchestra" but of ten rock stars giving their all to each song.
Since the band was founded in February 2013 they have headlined at many of the premier venues in New York City for both jazz and rock music including Brooklyn Bowl, BAM, Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall and Drom, and have been featured performers at the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven and the Jazz Up July Festival in Stamford, as well as a 2017 US Tour. In May 2015, the band embarked on a tour in Germany, selling out concerts throughout the country and gaining attention from both local and national press, including numerous TV and Radio appearances. Their first full-length debut album was released in January 2017 under the Reyab label.