Pianist and composer David Benoit has mainstream jazz roots that have contributed to his popularity, longevity, and artistic growth. Benoit learned from such piano greats as Bill Evans and Horace Silver. By the late 1980s, Benoit had established himself as a star of jazz-pop with his expansive style, which combines jazz flair and technique with smooth, gregarious melodies. He has written not only for solo piano and for conventional duos, trios and quartets, but has composed for symphony orchestras and vocalists. Benoit has scored for films and television and as a pianist is regarded as a grand technician and the most notable interpeter of Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts scores.