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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LY 1012 Benny Golson - Benny Golson's New York Scene album art Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene (Album) Contemporary Records LY 1012 Japan 1958 Sell This Version
FP 1117 S Benny Golson - Roger Guérin - Benny Golson album art Roger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons Roger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons - Roger Guérin - Benny Golson (Album) Columbia FP 1117 S France 1959 Sell This Version
MG-12143 Benny Golson - The Curtis Fuller Jazztet album art The Curtis Fuller Jazztet* With Benny Golson The Curtis Fuller Jazztet* With Benny Golson - The Curtis Fuller Jazztet (Album) Savoy Records MG-12143 US 1959 Sell This Version
RLP 12-290 Benny Golson - The Other Side Of Benny Golson album art Benny Golson The Other Side Of Benny Golson (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-290 US 1959 Sell This Version
8223 Benny Golson - Winchester Special album art Lem Winchester & Benny Golson Lem Winchester & Benny Golson - Winchester Special (Album) New Jazz 8223 Denmark 1959 Sell This Version
NJLP 8220 Benny Golson - Groovin' With Golson album art Benny Golson Groovin' With Golson (Album) New Jazz NJLP 8220 US 1959 Sell This Version
MG V-8352, MG V 8352 Benny Golson - The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All album art 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
LPS-664 Benny Golson - Meet The Jazztet album art Art Farmer - Benny Golson Art Farmer - Benny Golson - Meet The Jazztet (Album) Argo (6) LPS-664 US 1960 Sell This Version
NJLP 8235 Benny Golson - Gone With Golson album art Benny Golson Gone With Golson (Album) Prestige, New Jazz NJLP 8235 US 1960 Sell This Version
MJ-7030, NJLP-8248, Rank-7021 Benny Golson - Gettin' With It album art Benny Golson Gettin' With It (Album) New Jazz, New Jazz, Prestige MJ-7030, NJLP-8248, Rank-7021 Japan 1960 Sell This Version
LP 681 Benny Golson - Take A Number From 1 To 10 album art Benny Golson Take A Number From 1 To 10 (Album) Argo (6) LP 681 US 1961 Sell This Version
84097 Benny Golson - The Jazztet And John Lewis album art The Jazztet, John Lewis (2), Art Farmer, Benny Golson The Jazztet, John Lewis (2), Art Farmer, Benny Golson - The Jazztet And John Lewis (Album) Argo (6) 84097 France 1961 Sell This Version
LPS-672, LP 672 Benny Golson - Big City Sounds album art The Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson The Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Big City Sounds (Album) Argo (6) LPS-672, LP 672 US 1961 Sell This Version
AM 985 Benny Golson - Reunion album art Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach - Reunion (Album) Jazzland AM 985 US 1962 Sell This Version
3P-AFSD 5978 Benny Golson - Triple Play Stereo Pop + Jazz = Swing album art Benny Golson Triple Play Stereo Pop + Jazz = Swing Audio Fidelity 3P-AFSD 5978 US 1962 Sell This Version
MG 20801 Benny Golson - Turning Point album art Benny Golson Turning Point (Album) Mercury MG 20801 US 1963 Sell This Version
AFSD 6150 Benny Golson - Just Jazz! album art Benny Golson Just Jazz! (Album) Audio Fidelity AFSD 6150 US 1965 Sell This Version
SL 10150 Benny Golson - Stockholm Sojourn album art 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 art Benny Golson Just Jazz!(LP, Album) Audio Fidelity AFSD 6150 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
V/V6-8710 Benny Golson - Tune In Turn On - To The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties album art Benny Golson Tune In Turn On - To The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-8710 US 1967 Sell This Version
T-100 Benny Golson - Two Part Inventions For Trumpet album art Benny Golson, Bobby Troup Benny Golson, Bobby Troup - Two Part Inventions For Trumpet(LP, Album) Twig Records T-100 US 1970 Sell This Version
SOPU-1SY Benny Golson - Blues-ette album art Curtis Fuller's Quintet With Benny Golson, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Garrison, Al Harewood Curtis Fuller's Quintet With Benny Golson, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Garrison, Al Harewood - Blues-ette (Album) CBS/Sony SOPU-1SY Japan 1976 Sell This Version
25AP 796 Benny Golson - Are You Real album art Benny Golson Are You Real (Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 796 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
PC 34678, 34678 Benny Golson - Killer Joe album art Benny Golson Killer Joe (Album) Columbia, Columbia PC 34678, 34678 US 1977 Sell This Version
JCT 35359 Benny Golson - I'm Always Dancin' To The Music album art Benny Golson I'm Always Dancin' To The Music (Album) Columbia JCT 35359 US 1978 Sell This Version