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Kyle was 16 when he first checked out NYC's music scene. At the time, he was playing in his hometown Miami, FL- NYC inspired him so much. At the age of 20 he moved to New York city in order to be around greats, and become great. He has been making his mark since then. Master drummer Louis Hayes (Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson etc.) described young Benford’s concept as “Absolutely wonderful and swinging”. Greats such as Donald Harrison and the late great Roy Hargrove have considered Benford to be one of the great young drummers of the new generation. Roy presented the Giveton Gelin Quintet at the Blue Note NYC- Benford is a part of this quintet, which can be heard every Sunday at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club.
A Juilliard alum, he has moved on to the true New York institutions of music- Smalls, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, The Blue Note and Zinc to name a few. At these institutions, Benford has shared the stage with artists of all generations- as a sideman or other- Johnny O'neal, Bill Saxton, Frank Lacy, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut, Curtis Lundy, Ed Cherry, Wynton Marsalis, Josh Evans, Sullivan Fortner, Theo Hill, Seamus Blake, Micah Thomas, Giveton Gelin, Russell Hall, Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, Corey Wilcox and more.
He strives to bring the gift of music to the people- whether it's to dance to, cry to, love to, shout to, think to, pray to- he believes that the gift of music can instill the universal message of human potential and greatness in everyone.