If there was ever a question if a young musician could effectively and
effortlessly play true, authentic funk as well as embody the finesse of a
seasoned jazz swing, drummer Benjamin “Benzel Baltimore” Cowan puts the
question to rest by doing just that. The talented Baltimore native got his first
taste of drumming at the age of 2, and has been gigging as a professional
musician since the age of 15. As the son of the legendary trumpet player Bennie
“The General” Cowan (from P-Funk, Gap Band, Rapahel Saadiq, to name but a
few), Benzel was bred into funk music, so there was no doubt that he was
destined for greatness within that genre and beyond.

Benzel Baltimore studied early with the likes of jazz greats like Dave Weckl,
Steve Smith, Pat Patrillo and Horacio Hernandez. These formidable influences
have made him the versatile drummer he is today. He caught the attention of
world famous drummer Dennis Chambers so much that Chambers (himself a P-
Funk vet) took Benzel under his wing and became his mentor.

Many people describe Benzel as the “young guy with an old soul” and “the
positive, energetic personality wearing the big smile behind the kit” on and off
stage. His energy on stage and his electrifying performances and
improvisational drum solos landed him a coveted spot as the drummer for
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. He began with the group as an
occasional guest drummer through the nineties (the highlight being his
appearance at Woodstock 99), but was officially hired with the touring group
around 2010.

More recently, Benzel performed behind T-Pain alongside his P-Funk cohorts,
played behind Joss Stone in the United Kingdom, and was part of the band
invited at behest of Vladimir Putin’s television station First Channel in Russia
to perform at the White Nights of St. Petersburg televised event. He has
performed behind Funk and R&B legends such as Sly Stone, Sheila E, and has
played events alongside greats such as Robert Glasper, Meshell N’
Degeocello, Melanie Fiona, Robbie Coltrane, Pat Metheney, Erykah Badu,
Mos Def, Mumford and Sons, Noel Gallagher, Ghost Poet, and many others,
some of which he appeared with on the famous British TV show Later with  
Jools Holland. Other credits include Byron Bay Blues Festival, the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, Jazz a’ Vienne, and the Essence Festival.

In addition, Benzel plays in many other bands besides his main gig with
Parliament-Funkadelic. He is an active church gigging drummer in the
Baltimore area, and also plays with his fellow P-funk members in bands such
as Danny Bedrosian’s Secret Army, Michael “Clip” Payne’s 420 Funk Mob,
and for Ghost Adventure’s TV Star Nick Groff and his Chicago based rap artist
Less-On. Benzel recently appeared on the P-Funk Metropolis Boxed set album
in which Benzel’s talents were well documented. In his many forays into the
music business, Benzel has found himself performing in front of capacity
crowds in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and
armed with his drumsticks and a mean approach to his instrument, Benzel
Baltimore proves to continue to be a driving force both inside the P-funk, and
in the world of Drums in general as we know it.

BIO EDITED AND ADDENDED, (with additional additions written)

2011 – Bennie Cowan and the Real BrassTaxx Horns Inc – It’s A Horn Thing, “G”

2014 – Danny Bedrosian and Secret Army – Endangered

2015 – George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic – Live at Metropolis Box Set

2015 – Koop DeVille Presents – Bat Funk Crazy in 3D!

2017 - Garrett Shider - Hard Pill Single Download

2017 - Garrett Shider - Hand Me Down Diapers

2017 - Danny Bedrosian & Secret Army - Eightfinity

2018 - Parliament - Medicaid Fraud Dogg

2020 - Danny Bedrosian & Secret Army - Exaltation