Bennett Roth-Newell is a pianist/keyboardist, composer/arranger, emcee, producer, and multi-genre music educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He appears and performs frequently with The Bad Ones, Amy Dabalos and The Vibrant Things, The Illiance, Mason Razavi’s Quartet Plus, Maya Victoria, Tracy Cruz, Soulful Obsession and many more acts. Bennett has performed in many events with San Jose Jazz, including numerous appearances at Summer Fest and Winter Fest. In addition to his steady career as performing musician, Bennett actively teaches in the Bay Area and has taught music at San Jose State University, Cogswell Polytechnical College, and Valley Christian High School. He currently serves as Music & Creative Arts Director at The Riekes Center, a non-profit organization in Menlo Park that offers programs in the arts as well as athletics and nature. Bennett’s recent discography includes The Bad Ones debut album The Bad Ones, on which he composed six of the nine tracks, and a duo album with guitarist Mason Razavi entitled After You that includes three of his original compositions.
Five Points Cocktail Bar is one of downtown San Jose’s brightest new spots for drinks and conversation. You’ll find delicious craft cocktails, distinctive local brews and limited menu of tasty bar bites, along with great music each Tuesday evening, curated by SJZ.