Benny Urreta a truly beloved figure on the New York City Jazz scene has made his transition. Thank you to Willie Martinez also a great friend of Benny who said it best in his post minutes ago from whom I just learned of Benny’s passing. Dennis Day 2017
From Willie Martinez to Facebook 7-25-17 :
“Wow, just learning of the passing of an important, wonderful and beloved member of our musical family, Benny Urreta. I met Benny many years ago at my longtime residency at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with my group La Familia Sextet.
Benny was an astute and dedicated student and champion of both American jazz and Afro Caribbean jazz and the producer of so many memorable performances that brought so many great musicians together to celebrate our shared traditions.
I am going to miss his warm smile and friendship terribly. May this truly honorable soul rest in peace and perpetual light always.”