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Benny Golson

Benny Golson
Benny Golson in 2006
Background information
Born (1929-01-25) January 25, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop
Occupation(s) Saxophonist
Instruments Tenor saxophone

Benny Golson (born January 25, 1929) is an American bebop/hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Notable compositions 2
  • Gallery 3
  • Discography 4
    • As leader 4.1
    • With the Jazztet 4.2
    • As arranger 4.3
    • As sideman 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


While in high school in Philadelphia, Golson played with several other promising young musicians, including John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Rodney. After graduating from Howard University, Golson joined Bull Moose Jackson's rhythm and blues band; Tadd Dameron, whom Golson came to consider the most important influence on his writing, was Jackson's pianist at the time.

From 1953 to 1959 Golson played with Dameron's band and then with the bands of Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with whom he recorded the classic Moanin' in 1958.

Golson was working with the Lionel Hampton band at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1956 when he learned that Clifford Brown, a noted and well-liked jazz trumpeter who had done a stint with him in Dameron's band,[2] had died in a car accident. Golson was so moved by the event that he composed the threnody "I Remember Clifford", as a tribute to a fellow musician and friend.

In addition to "I Remember Clifford," many of Golson's compositions have become jazz standards. Songs such as "Stablemates," "Killer Joe," "Whisper Not," "Along Came Betty," and "Are You Real?" have been performed and recorded numerous times by many musicians.[3]

Golson at "Kimball's" Jazz club, San Francisco, with the Jazztet, July 21, 1985. Photo by Brian McMillen

From 1959 to 1962 Golson co-led

  • Official Site
  • Listening In: An Interview with Benny Golson by Bob Rosenbaum, Los Angeles, February 1982 (PDF file)
  • Benny Golson at the Internet Movie Database
  • Benny Golson Recreates His Great 'Jazztet' NPR Interview 2009 Jan 24
  • Benny Golson Interview at underyourskin on YouTube

External links

  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ "Clifford Brown Discography". Jazz Discography Project. 
  3. ^ Bailey, Phil and Hancock, Benny (1979) Benny Golson: Eight Jazz Classics, p. iii. Jamey Aebersold Jazz.
  4. ^ Feather, Leonard & Gitler, Ira (2007) The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, p. 261. Oxford University Press.


See also

  • Since I Don't Have You (Little Chickadee, 2014)

With Gail Davies

  • Beauty of the Night (Connector, 2012)

With Meeco

With Sarah Vaughan

  • Thank You, Duke!

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • Lee Morgan Vol. 3 (Blue Note, 1957)

With Lee Morgan

With Blue Mitchell

With Abbey Lincoln

With John Lewis

With Quincy Jones

With Philly Joe Jones

With Milt Jackson

With Ernie Henry

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Curtis Fuller

With Art Farmer

With Cass Elliot

With Jimmy Cleveland

With Art Blakey

As sideman

With Jimmy Witherspoon

With Freda Payne

With Jack McDuff

With Illinois Jacquet

With Roland Kirk

With Red Holloway

With Curtis Fuller

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Cleveland

With Kenny Burrell

As arranger

With the Jazztet

As leader


Fotos (2008): Hreinn Gudlaugsson


Notable compositions

The Howard University Jazz Studies program created a prestigious award in his honor called the "Benny Golson Jazz Master Award" in 1996. Several distinguished jazz artists have received this award.

In November 2009, Benny was inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame during a performance at the University of Pittsburgh's annual jazz seminar and concert.

In October 2007 Golson received the Mellon Living Legend Legacy Award presented by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, during the same month, he won the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award at the university's 37th Annual Jazz Concert in the Carnegie Music Hall.

Golson made a cameo appearance in the 2004 movie The Terminal, related to his appearance in the A Great Day in Harlem photo; as of 2015, he is one of only two surviving musicians from the photo (the other being Sonny Rollins). As of 2007, he tours regularly.

In 1995 Golson received the NEA Jazz Masters Award of the National Endowment for the Arts.


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