Benny Golson Quartet
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Benny Golson
Tenor Saxophone Legend

Benny Golson Quartet

APR 2–5 | NEA Jazz Masters Week

Apr 05, 2020
Miner Auditorium
SunApr 5
7:00 PM

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Benny Golson is a living monument to jazz. He is one of its foremost composers. He is among the most singular saxophonists of the past 60 years, boasting “an immense tone, by turns airy and burly, informed by a harmonic knowledge wide as the heavens,” says DownBeat. What’s more, at age 91, he continues to tour the world. A 1995 NEA Jazz Master, Golson grew up in Philadelphia, where he came of age as a musician with his close friends John Coltrane and Jimmy Heath.

He established himself with the bands of Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie, played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and composed a host of enduring jazz standards: “Killer Joe,” “Stablemates,” “Blues March,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Whisper Not,” “Along Came Betty.” A man of many hats, he also spent years in Hollywood, composing for television shows including M.A.S.H., Room 222 and Mission: Impossible – and, in 2004, became something of a film star, when he was featured in Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal with Tom Hanks. Described by The Guardian as “one of the 20th century’s great legends,” Golson plays down his many accomplishments. “I’m just a stitch in the fabric of jazz,” he says. Don’t believe him. As much as anyone, he embodies the very history of America’s classical music.

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A tenor saxophone legend and 1995 NEA Jazz Master, Golson composed many of jazz’s most treasured standards including “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford” and “Whisper Not.” He makes a rare West Coast appearance with his quartet.

One of the most complete musicians of the past twenty-five years. He is a composer with an unusually brilliant melodic sense.

The New York Times

One of the most complete musicians of the past twenty-five years. He is a composer with an unusually brilliant melodic sense.

The New York Times

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Benny Golson

Killer Joe

Benny Golson

Along Came Betty

Benny Golson

Killer Joe

Benny Golson

Along Came Betty