Growing up in a family of artists (his mother is a painter and his father works in advertising and photography), Benjamin Henocq began studying music at 4 with his step-father, a musician. He then attended the Conservatoire in Paris, the IACP music school, the Gilles and Nadia Touché School of Music, as well as individual lessons in piano, singing, harmonics, arrangement, dance and drums…
He performed his first concert at 12 and became a percussion teacher at 17 at the IACP School of Music. Since 1985, he regularly performs in clubs, concert halls and festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, the Persian Gulf and Africa.
He collaborated with : James Taylor, Kenny Garrett, Seiji Osawa et L’ orchestre de Radio France, Stefano Di Battista, Rosario Giulliani, Prysm, John Mc Laughlin, Mark Turner, Ravi Coltrane, Jacky Terrasson, Didier et Francis Lockwood, Michel Legrand, Antonio Farao, Richard Galliano, Anne Ducros, Michele et john Hendrix, David Linx, Nelson Veras, Jaleel Shaw, Andy Emler, Lee Konitz, François Jeanneau, Linley Marthe, Glenn Ferris, Enrico Pieranunzi, Thierry Eliez, le LINCOLN CENTER BIG BAND, PARIS JAZZ BIG BAND, WDR BIG BAND, POM BIG BAND, Laurent De Wilde, Philippe Catherine, Baptiste Herbin, Manu Codjia, Nicolas Folmer, David Patrois, Robin Eubanks, Les frères Belmondo, Martial Solal, Jean-pierre Morgand, Sylvain Boeuf, Michel Portal, Louis Winsberg, Graig Bailey, Harold Land, Norma Winstone etc…
” There is hardly a month where no record is released with Benjamin Henocq playing. It is also practically impossible to miss him in the Parisian jazz clubs. Not opportunist, Benjamin is simply essential “.
” Better known in the Jazz world but just as effective and involved in Funk and Pop, Benjamin always seeks to learn more and enrich an already impressive career “.
” For the first time, Batterie Magazine spoke with Mr Henocq, a UFO in the world of drums who played with the greatest jazzmen but also legends of pop such as James Taylor. Conversation with the wizard of swing, a true composer with drums. “
” With his « tribute to head hunters », Henocq gives us more than a revival of Herbie Hancock’s music, but his version year 2000. Drummer of PRYSM, he is one of the best with ternary rhythms. There, he passionately explores binary with the right band. Very Funky ! “
” … nice surprise: the latest French star of be-bop drums chooses funk to inaugurate the first concert done exclusively under his name: “The One And Only Drummer ” is a homage to Herbie Hancock. ”
“…Good surprise: the last french star of be-bop drumming has chosen funk to give his first concert under his own name : « the one and only drummer » pays tribute to Herbie Hancock “.
First price of best soloist and best band at the Jazz Contest of La defense in 1995.
One « GOLD DJANGO » in 1998.
Nominated twice at MUSIC VICTORIES.
One « CHOC OF THE CHOCS » for the paper Jazzman in 1999.
One ZILDIJIAN UK contract 1999/2001.
In 1999, a composition by B. HENOCQ was chosen by BLUE NOTE USA/Canada for a compilation regrouping Diane Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, JAcky Terrasson, Joe Lovano, US3….
CNN INTERNATIONAL : interview during a PRYSM tour in the USA
TF1: various diffusions of a live track with Stefano DI BATTISTA at the Nice Festival
FRANCE 3: two movies of 60 and 30 minutes about the trio PRSYM. A 60 minute movie about Stefano DI BATTISTA.
M6 / Philippe Alder-Jazz 6: a 60 minute movie « Stefano DI BATTISTA at the Jazz à Vienne festival » .
« Benjamin Henocq, knowing that Stefano enjoys playing with Elvin JONES, propulses with an irresistible verve and energy. »
A 60 minute movie about PRYSM at the Floral Parc of Paris. Another one, also at the Floral Parc, about the POM BIG BAND.
JAMES TAYLOR : Tour in the USA replacing STEEVE GADD.
KENNY GARRETT: European Tour
PRYSM: various tours in the USA, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa…
STEFANO DI BATISTA: Tours in Europe and Japan
DAVID LINX: European tour
MARK TURNER and RAVI COLTRANE: European tour
LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA : in New York
ROSARIO GIULIANI: Europe Tour…