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

Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene (Album) Contemporary Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Groovin' With Golson (Album) New Jazz 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
Roger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons Roger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons - Roger Guérin - Benny Golson Columbia France 1959 Sell This Version
Benny Golson The Other Side Of Benny Golson (Album) Riverside Records US 1959 Sell This Version
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 US 1959 Sell This Version
Lem Winchester & Benny Golson Lem Winchester & Benny Golson - Winchester Special (Album) New Jazz US 1959 Sell This Version
The Curtis Fuller Jazztet* With Benny Golson The Curtis Fuller Jazztet* With Benny Golson - The Curtis Fuller Jazztet (Album) Savoy Record Co., Inc. US 1959 Sell This Version
331.004 Benny Golson Groovin' With Golson(LP, Album) Verve Bel-Air 331.004 France 1959 Sell This Version
Art Farmer - Benny Golson Art Farmer - Benny Golson - Meet The Jazztet (Album) Argo Records Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Gone With Golson (Album) Prestige, New Jazz UK 1960 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Gettin' With It (Album) New Jazz US 1960 Sell This Version
The Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson The Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Big City Sounds (Album) Argo Records US 1961 Sell This Version
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 US 1961 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Take A Number From 1 To 10 (Album) Argo Records US 1961 Sell This Version
Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach - Reunion (Album) Jazzland US 1962 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Turning Point (Album) Mercury US 1963 Sell This Version
The International Jazz Orchestra* Under The Direction Of Benny Golson The International Jazz Orchestra* Under The Direction Of Benny Golson - Stockholm Sojourn (Album) Prestige UK 1965 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Just Jazz! (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1965 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Tune In Turn On - To The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Are You Real (Album) CBS/Sony Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Benny Golson Killer Joe (Album) Columbia, Columbia US 1977 Sell This Version
Benny Golson I'm Always Dancin' To The Music (Album) Columbia 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
Benny Golson Featuring Curtis Fuller Benny Golson Featuring Curtis Fuller - California Message (Album) Baystate Japan 1981 Sell This Version