The Giant Steps Jazz Combo

The Giant Steps Jazz Combo is a small 3-piece band - Saxophone, Bass, and Drums. This band is perfect for any occasion. The band plays instrumental jazz music from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and other "Jazz Standards" artists. We also have a big book of classic swing music from Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, and many more.


Listen To The Band

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Booking The Band

To book the band, just give our Manager Chris a CALL: 623-866-3810 or send Chris an E-MAIL: LiveMusicGuy@Gmail.Com. We'll take down the details for your event (Date, Time, and Location) and then Chris will draw up a contract. The contract is simple and shows the Date, Time, and Place for your event, along with a Guarantee that the band will be there on-time, looking good, and ready to go.

About The Band

One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012! GigMasters Best of 2012 Winner One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

The Giant Steps Jazz Combo was awarded the Best of 2012 and 2013 Award for Exceptional Service by www.GigMasters.com. This award is given to recognize those bands who go above and beyond to satisfy their clients. The award winners are chosen based on customer feedback by clients just like you:

"The Giant Steps Band was perfect....Classy & Tasteful music..jazz and popular music. I think they would be great for any event. Good song selection. They were there an hour early and ready to go well in advance of our starting time. The music was incredible. The overall talent of this band was very, very high. We are happy we hired them."--Valerie M, Phoenix, AZ

"The Giant Steps Band was perfect for our event. Stylish and Classy. Perfect Band."--Anderson R, Private Party, Scottsdale, AZ

"Giant Steps gave me exactly what I desired for my event. They were just the right vibe, just the right volume and very low maintenance."-- Ling T, Scottsdale, AZ

"Chris and the guys were amazing! We were a bit nervous at first, because we had never heard them play in person. Chris was in contact with us constantly to reassure us that everything would work out..and it did! They arrived early and were already playing when we showed up. The music was perfect! We could not believe all the complements we received on our choice of bands. The room was an elegant ballroom and the music was a perfect fit. They were the perfect volume so people could talk and they kicked it up as the night got later so we could all dance. We would definitely recommend them for your wedding reception or any type of event. They were first class!"--Dale T, Tucson, AZ

"Giant Steps Jazz Band was a wonderful addition to our Open House. We are very happy that we chose them to Celebrate our 30th year anniversary!"--Stephanie H., Scottsdale, AZ

Band Members

The band is led by Saxophonist Chris Benavidez. Chris Benavidez went to college at Northern Arizona University where he received a B.A. in Music Performance. In college, he worked regularly with top jazz professionals such as Joel DiBartolo (Bassist from "The Tonight Show Band"), Zirque Bonner (Bass player for Stanley Jordan), and Joe Palmer (Saxophonist for the Woody Herman Band). After graduation, Chris spent a year working as Professor of Music at Coconino Community College, School of Music, in Flagstaff, AZ. Chris is a founding member of The Giant Steps Jazz Band, Leader of Pithecanthropus Erectus - A Tribute to Charles Mingus, and Owner of Live Music Productions, L.L.C. - www.LiveMusicGuy.Com.

Learn more about Chris at: www.allaboutjazz.com/benavidez


Our Drummer is Erik Teichmann. Erik went to college at Arizona State University where he studied Music. Erik is a Freelance Musician and Web Designer by trade.

Learn more about Erik at: www.ErikTeichmann.com


Our newest member is Jerome Salazar. Jerome studied Music and Double Bass at Arizona State University.

Learn more about Jerome at: http://facebook.com/jeromebaileysalazar


Saxophone - Bass - Drums

For information about the band, please email Chris at LiveMusicGuy@Gmail.Com, or call our toll-free number 1 (877) 856-7861.


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