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Concert Review: Benny Golson in Naples, Florida

His jazz insider’s approach was compelling and effective

Benny Golson, Naples, Florida 12-13

The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra brought Benny Golson to town on Wednesday, December 11 for a concert that gave spirited and loving extended treatments to the tenor saxophonist’s best-known compositions.

Golson, who will turn 85 on January 25, put each composition into context with witty and vivid storytelling. That “jazz insider’s” approach gave the audience something that is rare in a concert setting by a musician. The audience at Artis Naples’ Daniels Pavilion in Naples, Fla., was treated to great music-and an appreciation of the time and settings in which he matured as an artist.

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