Living in New York Benno has been able to study with some of the great jazz musicians including : Peter Bernstein, Jack Wilkins, Chris Bergson, Peter Mazza, Paul Bollenback, Rotem Sivan, and Dave Stryker among many others. He is currently a jazz studies major at SUNY Purchase College studying privately with John Abercrombie and taking courses taught by Pete Malinverni, Ralph Lalama, and Todd Coolman. He has performed at the 92Y, The Falcon, Bar Next Door and has sat in at the 10/18 Bistro with John Stowell and Smoke Jazz Club with Jim Snidero. Benno is now part of the Emerging Artist Series at Bar Next Door. His main influences are: Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Jim Hall. Pat Martino, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, BIll Evans and Sonny Clark etc.
His set up is a Gibson 335 with D'adario .12 gauge round wound strings. He uses Dunlop Tortex picks.