Benny Golson

Benny Golson

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Benny Golson
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American bebop/hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger, born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929.

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 & The Jazz Messengers.

In 1956 when he learned that Clifford Brown had died in a car accident, Golson composed "I Remember Clifford" as a tribute. Golson has composed several jazz standards, such as "Stablemates", "Killer Joe", "Whisper Not", "Along Came Betty" and "Are You Real?", that have gone on to be performed and recorded by many musicians.

From 1959 to 1962 Golson co-led the Jazztet with Art Farmer. Golson then left jazz to concentrate on studio and orchestral work for 12 years. During this time he composed music for such television shows as Ironside, Room 222, M*A*S*H, and Mission: Impossible. During the mid-1970s Golson returned to jazz playing and recording. In 1983 he re-organized the Jazztet.

In 1995 Golson received the NEA Jazz Masters Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. In October 2007 he received the Mellon Living Legend Legacy Award as well as the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award. In November 2009, Benny was inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame.
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Benny Golson Discography

Albums

C 3552 Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene (Album) Contemporary Records C 3552 US 1958 Sell This Version
NJLP 8220 Benny Golson Groovin' With Golson (Album) New Jazz NJLP 8220 US 1959 Sell This Version
SLS 5059 Lee Morgan, Benny Golson Lee Morgan, Benny Golson - Morgan, Golson Plus One(LP, Album) Victor SLS 5059 Japan 1959 Sell This Version
FP 1117 S Roger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons Roger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons - Roger Guérin - Benny Golson Columbia FP 1117 S France 1959 Sell This Version
RLP-12-290 Benny Golson The Other Side Of Benny Golson (Album) Riverside Records RLP-12-290 US 1959 Sell This Version
MG V-8352, MG V 8352 The Dizzy Gillespie Octet Featuring Benny Golson The Dizzy Gillespie Octet Featuring Benny Golson - The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records MG V-8352, MG V 8352 US 1959 Sell This Version
NJLP-8223 Lem Winchester & Benny Golson Lem Winchester & Benny Golson - Winchester Special (Album) New Jazz NJLP-8223 US 1959 Sell This Version
MG-12143 The Curtis Fuller Jazztet* With Benny Golson The Curtis Fuller Jazztet* With Benny Golson - The Curtis Fuller Jazztet (Album) Savoy Record Co., Inc. MG-12143 US 1959 Sell This Version
LPS-664, MGAR 9202 Art Farmer - Benny Golson Art Farmer - Benny Golson - Meet The Jazztet (Album) Argo Records LPS-664, MGAR 9202 Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
32-125 Benny Golson Gone With Golson (Album) Prestige, New Jazz 32-125 UK 1960 Sell This Version
NJLP 8248 Benny Golson Gettin' With It (Album) New Jazz NJLP 8248 US 1960 Sell This Version
LPS-672 The Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson The Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Big City Sounds (Album) Argo Records LPS-672 US 1961 Sell This Version
LP 684 The Jazztet And John Lewis (2) Featuring Art Farmer And Benny Golson The Jazztet And John Lewis (2) Featuring Art Farmer And Benny Golson - The Jazztet And John Lewis (Album) Argo Records LP 684 US 1961 Sell This Version
LP 681 Benny Golson Take A Number From 1 To 10 (Album) Argo Records LP 681 US 1961 Sell This Version
AS 985 Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach - Reunion (Album) Jazzland AS 985 US 1962 Sell This Version
MG 20801 Benny Golson Turning Point (Album) Mercury MG 20801 US 1963 Sell This Version
SL 10150 The International Jazz Orchestra* Under The Direction Of Benny Golson The International Jazz Orchestra* Under The Direction Of Benny Golson - Stockholm Sojourn (Album) Prestige SL 10150 UK 1965 Sell This Version
AFSD 6150 Benny Golson Just Jazz! (Album) Audio Fidelity AFSD 6150 US 1965 Sell This Version
V-8710, V/V6-8710 Benny Golson Tune In Turn On - To The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records V-8710, V/V6-8710 US 1967 Sell This Version
CA-716, MJ-1004 Benny Golson Free Argo Records, Cadet Records CA-716, MJ-1004 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
PC 34678, 34678 Benny Golson Killer Joe (Album) Columbia, Columbia PC 34678, 34678 US 1977 Sell This Version
25AP 796 Benny Golson Are You Real(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 796 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
JC 35359 Benny Golson I'm Always Dancin' To The Music (Album) Columbia JC 35359 US 1978 Sell This Version
JA 1223 Jamey Aebersold, Benny Golson Jamey Aebersold, Benny Golson - Eight Jazz Classics (Benny Golson Volume 14)(LP) JA Records JA 1223 US 1979 Sell This Version
RJL-8013 Benny Golson Featuring Curtis Fuller Benny Golson Featuring Curtis Fuller - California Message (Album) Baystate RJL-8013 Japan 1981 Sell This Version