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Feb 11, 2010
Exploring America's Classical Music Jazz w/BENNY GOLSON Multitalented and internationally ... Host Name: George V Johnson Jr. Show
DR. BENNY GOLSON Multi-talented-and internationally famous jazz legend, - a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and tenor saxophonist of world note
In 1995 Golson received the NEA Jazz Masters Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. Nation's highest honor in jazz is bestowed on eight living legends Click here: NEA Jazz Masters 1982 to 2010
Thank you for your impressive E-mail message and the enclosed photographs. It was great meeting you and hearing you. Though you had a comforting job and an abundance of security as a conductor with The New Jersey Transit, it's obvious your heart lies within the existing realm of the music we lovingly call jazz. Few of us will ever get rich by engaging in this pursuit, but our hearts will be overrun with joy and satisfaction for having done it. Time cannot be so cruel as to keep us apart indefinitely. So, onward and upward as we chase our dreams with a votive and determined effort, in spite of all else, with an inelluctable spirit of success concerning our proleptic tomorrows. We have no choice but to HIT IT over and over again at every opportunity as faithful visionaries letting no one or anything get in our way.
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"Benny Golson & GVJ in the dressing room before concert at the Israel International Super Jazz Festival Ashdod 2009
Multi-talented-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:
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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
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.
Discography - As leader
* Benny Golson's New York Scene (Fantasy Records, 1957)
* The Modern Touch (Fantasy Records, 1957)
* The Other Side of Benny Golson (Original Jazz Classics, 1958)
* Groovin' with Golson (Fantasy Records, 1959)
* Gone with Golson (Original Jazz Classics, 1959)
* Gettin' with It (Original Jazz Classics, 1959)
* Meet the Jazztet (Geffen, 1960)
* Stockholm Sojourn (Original Jazz Classics, 1964)
* Up, Jumped. Spring (LRC Ltd., 1990)
* Up Jumped Benny (Arkadia Jazz, 1997)
* Tenor Legacy (Arkadia Jazz, 1998)
* Tune in Turn on to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties (Verve Records, 1999)
* That's Funky (Arkadia Jazz, 2000)
* One Day Forever (Arkadia Jazz, 2001)
* Terminal 1 (Concord Records, 2004)
* Free (Benny Golson album) (Argo Records, 2004)
* Turning Point (Benny Golson album) (Verve Records, 2005)
* The Masquerade Is Over (Azzurra Music, 2005)
* The Many Moods of Benny Golson (Arkadia Jazz, 2007)
* Take a Number From 1 to 10 (Verve Records, 2007)
* Three Little Words (Benny Golson album) (Synergie OMG, 2007)
* New Time, New 'Tet (Concord Records, 2009) As sideman With Art Blakey
* Moanin' (1958) With Dizzy Gillespie
* Rhythmstick (1990) With Arkadia Jazz All Stars
* Thank You, Duke!
George V Johnson Jr performs "A Night In Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie @ The Israel International Super Jazz Festival Ashdod October 2009 w/ Leonid Ptashka, producer, pianist, Yaacov Mayan, tenor saxophone, Valery Lipids, bass, Evgeny Maistrovsky and more...
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