Benny Golson plays Benny Golson

added on 15 July, 2015 | under Benny Golson plays Benny Golson, Concert Series

Few musicians have had careers that span the history of post-war jazz as comprehensively as saxophonist, composer and songwriter Benny Golson.This remarkable man has been an important figure in jazz for over six decades: writer of jazz standards, author of film music and soloist of great finesse. Having played with jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman, he continues to astonish audiences with performances that are praised for their “vibrant” improvisation.

The SNJO is privileged to welcome Benny as their special guest. Together, they will explore his jazz legacy and celebrate his music that defies the march of time.

There are few working musicians whose careers span the history of post war jazz quite as comprehensively as the life of jazz legend Benny Golson. Multi-talented and internationally famous as composer, arranger, lyricist, producer and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny has composed for everyone imaginable including Basie, Hampton, Goodman, Gillespie, Coltrane, and Miles Davis.

Benny is most revered for his major contribution to the world of jazz, literally redefining the term “jazz” and adding to the jazz repertoire with no less than eight standards including I Remember Clifford, Killer Joe and Whisper Not.

His prolific writing includes scores for hit TV series and films where his success in the arena of commercial music demonstrates the amenable side of serious jazz, and its ability to constantly inform the collective cultural experience.

Benny is also familiar as the central figure in the subplot in the  film “Terminal” with Tom Hanks who is seeking Benny’s autograph – the only one of the great jazz musicians featured in the iconic photo “A Great Day in Harlem” whose autograph his father failed to collect and once his reason for the journey.

Golson, now 86 years young, still tours regularly and the SNJO is honoured to welcome him to Scotland as together, they explore his music and jazz legacy.

concert dates

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Date City Venue
Fri, 18 Sep  2015 Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Benny Golson plays Benny Golson
Time: 19:30. 85-89 Clerk St.
0131 668 2019
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Sat, 19 Sep  2015 Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in Aberdeen Music Hall
Benny Golson plays Benny Golson
Time: 19:30. Union Street.
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Sun, 20 Sep  2015 Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in Glasgow Royal Conservatoire
Benny Golson plays Benny Golson
Time: 19:30. 100 Renfrew Street.
0141 332 5057
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  1. Ron Keezer
    posted on Sep 08, 2015 at 5:15 PM  |  reply

    Hello Benny,

    I need your help to locate a tune. The tune is “Revlis” by Horace Silver. Blue note recorded it in 1964 for the “Song for my Father” album, but the tune was never released.

    How could it track it down? I figured if anyone would k ow it would be you.

    Hope all is well with you.

    • Lindsay
      posted on Sep 08, 2015 at 5:52 PM  |  reply

      Hi Ron

      This is Lindsay, the SNJO Manager here. I Have taken note of your query and I will ask Benny next week when he is here and see if we can help you. If he cannot help, our Artistic Director has a fount of knowledge and he may know also. be in touch again.

  2. Charles Coutts
    posted on Sep 09, 2015 at 9:14 PM  |  reply

    When the SNJO appears in Aberdeen on the 19th I hear that Benny Golson will speak to the audience before the concert starts. Is this correct.

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