First Rod Bennett Scholarships Go to Saugus High Seniors

Bennett Scholarships update: Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer (pictured at left) received the first two Rod Bennett Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund awards at the school’s 2017 senior honors ceremony on Tuesday night, May 16. Rumer and Klipfel each received a check for $2,000 to put toward their college studies from the Bennett trust fund, Read More

Guitarist Jim Hagen Grooves with Rod Bennett’s Vibes on ‘Jazzical’

For veteran contemporary jazz guitarist Jim Hagen, “Jazzical” is more than the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 eponymous debut. “Jazzical” is also a sublime tribute to and true celebration of the friendship and musical chemistry he shared for years with renowned vibes player Rod Bennett, an integral part of Hagen’s popular Southern California ensemble Read More

Santa Clarita Remembers Good Vibes with Rod Bennett

Family, Friends, Students & Bandmates Flood Social Media with Tributes and Memories By Stephen K. Peeples Longtime Santa Clarita resident and Arroyo Seco Junior High School band director Rod Bennett’s tragic death late Wednesday afternoon, May 25, while on a routine (for him) cycle ride, has hit the Santa Clarita community hard. As news of Read More

Rod Bennett Tribute – Hagen Jazz Leader Jim Hagen

Bennett and Hagen Were Musical Collaborators for More Than a Decade By Stephen K. Peeples Santa Clarita jazz vibes and percussion ace Rod Bennett, who died in a hit-and-run collision with a car while riding his bike in Placerita Canyon Wednesday, May 25, gigged and recorded with Santa Clarita jazz guitarist and bandleader Jim Hagen Read More