Benny Golson

Jazz Legends celebrate at D.C.'s Kennedy Center
By John Abbott
Benny Golson
By Lisa Stein
Benny Golson at home
By Caroline Mardok
Lee Elliot Berk, president of Berklee College of Music, presents an honory doctorate to Benny Golson
By Bob Kramer
Benny Golson
By Oliver Rossberg
Benny Golson
By Oliver Rossberg
Benny Golson celebrating his 80th birthday with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center; Jan. 24, 2009
By Margot Schulman
Benny Golson celebrating his 80th birthday with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center; Jan. 24, 2009
By Margot Schulman
Benny Golson is a 2016 Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame inductee

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Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend, - a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929.

Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey.

Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz". Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as:

Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates
Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real?

Benny Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded.

He has recorded over 30 albums for many recording companies in the United States and Europe under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious writer, Golson has written well over 300 compositions.

For more than 55 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., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, David Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden), Mel Torme, George Shearing, Dusty Springfield

His prolific writing includes scores for hit TV series and films:

M*A*S*H, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Mod Squad, Room 222, Run for Your Life, The Partridge Family, The Academy Awards, The Karen Valentine Show, Television specials for ABC, CBS and NBC
Television specials for BBC in London and Copenhagen, Denmark
Theme for Bill Cosby's last TV show, A french film 'Des Femmes Disparaissent" (Paris)

He has written music for national radio and television spots for some of the major advertising agencies in the country. Some of these commercials were for:

Borateem, Canada Dry, Carnation, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Clorox, Dodge, General Telephone, Gillette, Heinz Foods, Jack in The Box, Liquid Plum'r, MacDonald's, Mattel Toys, Monsanto, Nissan, Ohrbachs, Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes, Parliament Cigarettes, Pepsi Cola, Texaco

Benny Golson has absolute mastery of the jazz medium. He has not only blazed a trail in the world of jazz but is passionate about teaching jazz to young and old alike. He has lectured at the Lincoln Center through a special series by Wynton Marsalis. He has lectured to doctoral candidates at New York University and to the faculty at National University at San Diego.

Honored with doctorates from William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ and Berklee School of Music, Boston, MA, Dr. Golson has also conducted workshops and clinics at:

Appalachian University, Boone, NC
Berklee School fo Music, Boston, MA
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Howard University, Washington, DC
Julliard School of Music, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
New England Conservatory
Paris Conservatory, Paris, France
Rutgers University, New Orleans, LA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
University of Denver, Denver, CO
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Appleton, WI
William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ

Golson's musical odyssey has taken him around the world. In 1987 he was sent by the US State Department on a cultural tour of Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore. Later, Philip Morris International sent him on an assignment to Bangkok, Thailand to write music for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

A live performer who consistently knocks audiences off their feet, Benny Golson has given hundreds of performances in the USA, Europe, South America, the Far East and Japan for decades.

Benny is also working on a major college textbook and his autobiography

This humble musical giant continues to impress critics, fans and fellow musicians with his prodigious contributions to the world of jazz.


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Articles on Benny Golson

10/06/16    News    By Carolina Worrell

First All-Jazz Induction to Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame Scheduled for Oct. 19

07/08/16    Features    By JazzTimes

Benny Golson Remembers John Coltrane

07/05/16    Albums    By Evan Haga

Horizon Ahead
Benny Golson

07/05/16    Albums    By Evan Haga

Horizon Ahead
Benny Golson

June 2016    Features    By Evan Haga

Benny Golson's "Horizon Ahead"

12/14/13    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Concert Review: Benny Golson in Naples, Florida

10/22/12    News    By Nancy Valev

Jazz Club at Sea to Feature Benny Golson Tribute

02/12/12    Concerts    By Lee Mergner

The Jazz Cruise: Hanging around the Crow’s Nest, Jan. 29 - Feb. 5, 2012

04/03/11    News    By Lee Mergner

The Jazz Cruise: All Aboard for Jazz

10/28/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Pitt Jazz Seminar & Concert Set For November 3-7

May 2009    Albums    By Perry Tannenbaum

New Time, New ’Tet
Benny Golson

May 2009    Albums    By Perry Tannenbaum

New Time, New ’Tet
Benny Golson

May 2009    Features    By Shaun Brady

Benny Golson: Old School

Advertising    By JazzTimes

May 2009 Editorial and Advertising Highlights

November 2007    DVDs    By Mike Joyce

The Whisper Not Tour
Benny Golson

September 2007    Features    By Scott Yanow

Quick Takes: 10 Classic Jazz Cameo Performances

May 2007    News    By Willard Jenkins

Living History: Jazz Legends Celebrate at D.C.’s Kennedy Center

March 2007    Features    By

Farewells: Musicians Remember Their Peers Who Passed in 2006

March 2007    Farewells    By Benny Golson

Lou Rawls (12.1.35 – 1.6.06)

06/01/06    Concerts    By George Kanzler

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2006

May 2005    Albums    By Duck Baker

The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions
Art Farmer and Benny Golson

May 2005    Albums    By Duck Baker

The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions
Art Farmer and Benny Golson

January/February 2005    Features    By

The Year '04 in Review: Highs and Lows

September 2004    Albums    By David Franklin

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Benny Golson

September 2004    News    By Ron Wynn

Benny Golson: Big Time

April 2002    Albums    By Larry Appelbaum

Monterey Jazz 1958-1980
Various Artists

12/07/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

"Made In America": An All-Star Jazz Benefit

June 2001    At Home    By Christopher Porter

Benny Golson

June 2001    Albums    By Harvey Siders

One Day Forever
Benny Golson

November 2000    Albums    By John Murph

That's Funky
Benny Golson Funky Quintet

December 1998    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

Benny Golson

November 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Remembering Clifford
Benny Golson Group

November 1997    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

Up Jumped Benny
Benny Golson



Remembering Clifford


Up Jumped Benny

Arkadia Records


Chess Records

That's Funky

Arkadia Records

One Day Forever

Arkadia Records

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Concord Records

The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions

Mosaic Records

Monterey Jazz 1958-1980


New Time, New ’Tet

Concord Jazz

Horizon Ahead

HighNote Records
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