Bennett Paster is a Brooklyn-based piano player and composer, who led an amazing jam last night at Stanford’s CoHo — the Stanford Jazz Workshop or Stanford Jazz Institute faculty all-star jam — featuring Julian Lage, Alvin Lin, a Colombian percussionist, Yosvanna Terry, Josh Thurston-Milgrom — and spoke in a funny fake accent and at times delighted some of the crowd by tapping some receptive high notes with two fingers ala Chico Marx.
Bennett Porter meanwhile is director of communications for Survey Monkey, a pre-IPO financial entity holed up (careful!) at Lytton and Alma, where oversize signs blink like the green light across the way from Jay Gatzsby, and she was a literature major at Colorado College or something like that before the sweet smell of success and maybe blue bottle coffee lured her, well after Greely, west.
Who would you prefer on a desert island, Bennett Paster or Bennett Porter? It depends on the quality of your upright, or grand or if you can stand more than four minutes….and thirty two seconds…of silence, if you are more easily Caged that Gated, so to speak.