Benny Golson

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Benny Golson  (born January 25, 1929) is an American bebop/hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He is multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend. Golson has composed several jazz standards, such as Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates, Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real?, that have gone on to be performed and recorded by many musicians.

As you know, I started my career in jazz about 65 years ago. I was privileged “to cut my teeth” with the renowned Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Travelling all over the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, I have been playing the music I love so much.

He has recorded over 30 albums for many recording companies under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious writer, Golson has written well over 300 compositions. For more than 60 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for: Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden) and more..

His prolific writing includes scores for hit TV series and films (M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, Run for Your Life, The Academy Awards, The Karen Valentine Show, Television specials for ABC, CBS, BBC, NBC and more) and he has also written music for national radio and television spots for some of the major advertising agencies in the country (for example for: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, General Telephone, Gillette, Heinz Foods, MacDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi Cola and others).

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