RAVENSCROFT CONCERT SERIES – Benjamin Cortez
Embrace the spirit of the season with the nostalgia of timeless Christmas standards and some brand new Christmas originals by Benjamin Cortez!
Benjamin Cortez is a multi-instrumental singer-songwriter who seamlessly blends vintage charm with modern flair. Having mastered an array of instruments—guitar, piano, bass, and drums, and more—his music embodies a fusion of timeless melodies with contemporary storytelling, creating a unique sonic landscape that resonates across eras.
The heart and soul of Benjamin’s craft lie in his songwriting. He draws inspiration from personal experiences, master musical storytellers (such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Madison Cunningham), and the world around him, translating emotions into beautifully crafted lyrics and melodies. His songs speak to listeners of all different walks of life, weaving together poignant narratives and catchy tunes.
Benjamin’s unique ability to adapt and infuse his musical expertise effortlessly into different projects has also made him a valuable asset for a wide variety of artists in the recording studio and on stage. During his career, he has been recruited to do live and studio work for high-profile acts ranging from legendary jazz drummer Lewis Nash to contemporary Christian artist Matt Maher.
In 2018, a pivotal year in his musical journey, he released his debut album, “In Your Hands,” which is a mesmerizing collection boasting eight original compositions. What makes this achievement even more extraordinary is that he undertook the majority of the creative process—composing, performing, recording, and mixing— on his own in the comfort of his home studio. His penchant for innovation and musical autonomy shines vividly through this album, reflecting his boundless creative spirit. Benjamin Cortez is a local favorite in the AZ Jazz community, so we truly hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the last Ravenscroft Concert Series performance of 2023 year with this special Christmas show!
Featured musicians include:
Benjamin Cortez – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Danny Morissett – Saxophones and Keyboards
Vincent Thiefain – Acoustic and Electric Bass
Jacob Eary – Drums and Percussion
Featuring Chelsea June as guest vocalist!
LISTEN TO SOME OF BENJAMIN’S MUSIC ON SPOTIFY
For the Ravenscroft Concert Series, doors open at 6pm, followed by the performance beginning at 7:30pm. Choose from a fine selection of wine, craft beers, and catered dinner options for purchase before the show. No food or drink will be permitted inside of Ravenscroft Hall.
Jazz & Dine
December 16th, 2023
Heirloom Tomato Basil Bruschetta
Mixed Greens Salad
Salmon Slider, Beef Brisket Sliders, Sweet Potato Fires
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
FOOD PROVIDED BY: CUISINE PRIVÉ
*items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.