George Benson Schedule
A remarkably dynamic and talented musician, George Benson is one of the most celebrated
guitarists in jazz history. Benson can play just about anything - from bop to R&B to pop to swing.
The former child
prodigy emerged in the '60s, performing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and other renowned musicians.
The 10-time Grammy
Award-winning artist is headed to the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey; and Cobb Energy Performing Arts
Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2014.
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Hailing from the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, George Bensoninitially began 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. He cut She Makes Me Mad, his first single record, at the age
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.
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.
By the time
the '70s rolled around, 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 conductor).
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. In
2011, he played at the Java Jazz Festival.
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 claimed 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
When George Benson comes
to town, you can bet that jazz enthusiasts will be there! Benson always manages to draw and energetic crowd that turns up
looking for some extraordinary jazz. A blend of melodies borrowed from different eras and musical styles, Benson's music is
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