George Benson Schedule
An extraordinarily multidimensional and gifted musician, musician George Benson is one of
the most highly regarded guitarists in jazz history. Benson can play just about anything he sets his mind to – from
R&B to pop to swing.The former child prodigy emerged in the '60s, performing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and other renowned
artists.The 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist can often be found at top-drawer venues like the Thunder Valley Casino in
Lincoln, California; Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia; B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York, New York; and more!
George Benson Background
Having grown up in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, George Bensonoriginally
kicked off his professional career as a singer, playing the ukulele in a corner drug store at the tender age of seven. By
the age of eight, he picked up the guitar and entertained at nightclubs on the weekends. Incredibly, he cut She Makes Me Mad,
his first single record, at the age of 10.
After hearing records from musicians like Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery
and Charlie Christian, Benson developed an interest in jazz.Benson additionally learned how to play instrumental jazz under
the tutelage of Jack McDuff, an organist. When he was 21, he cut his debut album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, which included
McDuff. It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet came next, which featured Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone) and Lonnie
Smith (organ). The George Benson Cookbook followed, which also included Cuber and Smith as well as Marion Booker (drummer).
In the mid-1960s, Benson collaborated with Miles Davis on his Miles in the Sky effort.
In 1974, Benson issued Bad Benson,
which landed at the top of the Billboard jazz charts. Good King Bad (#51 Pop album) and Benson and Farrell, also cleared the
jazz leading-three sellers. Benson also released a rendition of The Beatles' famous Abbey Road titled, The Other Side of Abbey
Road. During this time, Benson additionally sat in on countless sessions for other CTI Records artists like Stanley Turrentine
and Freddie Hubbard.
Additionally during the '70s, Benson recorded for Warner Bros. Records, where he engaged a whole
new fan base. Breezin', his 1976 release, featured Benson on lead vocals for the single, "This Masquerade." The track became
a tremendous pop hit and claimed a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Breezin' was the first jazz release to earn platinum
status. Also in 1976, Benson toured with Minnie Riperton (soul singer). He additionally made a guest appearance on Another
Star – a Stevie Wonder tune. Benson also cut the original rendition of "The Greatest Love of All" for the Muhammad Ali
biopic, The Greatest. The song was later done by Whitney Houston. During this era, Benson also worked with Claus Ogerman (German
Throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s, he partnered with Freddie Hubbard on several of his albums. Benson's
breakthrough pop album was Give Me The Night. The title track wiggled its way into the pop and R&B Top 10. The album was
just the beginning for Benson's evolution into vocal albums in the '90s.
In 1992, Benson showed up on McDuff's album,
Colour Me Blue. In 2005, he inked a deal with Concord Records and hit the road with Al Jarreau in New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa and America, boosting their Givin' It Up album. A year later, Benson performed during the second Monsoon Cup
in Terengganu, as well as Malaysia's 50th Merdeka festivities in 2007. In the spring of 2008, Benson participated in the Moroccan
Mawazine Festival. A year later, George Benson was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts. The accolade
is considered to be the highest tribute in jazz music.He continued to tour throughout 2010, hitting stages in the Pacific
Rim, North America and Europe. And, a year later, he played at the Java Jazz Festival. Today, George Benson continues to light
up stages around the planet.
George Benson Albums
George Benson has released five live albums, close to
40 studio albums, and two music DVDs. Some of his studio albums include: The New Boss Guitar of George Benson (1964); It's
Uptown (1966); The George Benson Cookbook (1966); Beyond the Blue Horizon (1971); Body Talk (1973); In Flight (1977); Livin'
Inside Your Love (1979); Tenderly (1989); Big Boss Band (1990); Love Remembers (1993); Irreplaceable (2003); Guitar Man (2011);
and many more!
George Benson Trivia
Living legend musician George Benson has earned several Grammy Awards
over the years, including Best R&B Instrumental Performance (1977); Best Pop Instrumental Performance (1977); Record of
the Year (1977); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (1979); Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male (1981); Best R&B Instrumental
Performance (1981); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (1981); Best Traditional R&B Performance (2007); and Best Pop
Instrumental Performance (2007).
George Benson Concert Experience
Jazz living legend George Benson always
manages to attract energetic crowds that turn up looking for some fantastic jazz. A blend of melodies borrowed from different
eras and musical styles, Benson's music is best appreciated live and in person. There's just no replacing the feeling you
get when you're among hundreds of other fans who share in your passion for the same kind of music. To see one of his shows,
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