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Benny Golson

ts, *1929 US, Philadelphia
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz

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.

  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Soprano sax
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
I Remember Clifford on Benny Golson And The Philadelphians by Benny Golson
Dear Kathy on Turning Point by Benny Golson
Blues After Dark on Gone With Golson by Benny Golson
Stella By Starlight on Turning Point by Benny Golson
My Romance on Free by Benny Golson
Stacatto Swing on Gone With Golson by Benny Golson
Mad About The Boy on Free by Benny Golson
From Dream to Dream on New Time, New 'Tet by Benny Golson
It Ain't Necessarily So on Beware by Benny Golson & Art Farmer
Killer Joe on Terminal 1 by Benny Golson

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Hard BopRoger Guérin, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons, Art Farmer2017Compil.
The Classic Albums Collection 1957-1962Benny Golson2017Compil.
Horizon AheadBenny Golson2016Album
Mission: Impossible - The Television ScoresLalo Schifrin, Gerald Fried, Don Ellis, Richard Hazard, Robert Drasnin, Jack Urbont, Richard Markowitz, Robert Prince, Hugo Montenegro, Benny Golson, Harry Geller, Kenyon Hopkins, George Romanis, Duane Tatro2015Compil.
My Jazz Collection 40Benny Golson2014Album
My Jazz Collection 39Benny Golson2014Album
The Complete Jazztet SessionsArt Farmer / Benny Golson / The Jazztet2013Compil.
Eight Classic AlbumsBenny Golson2013Compil.
Since I Don't Have YouGail Davies, Benny Golson2013Album
Free / Turning PointBenny Golson2013Compil.
Take A Number From 1 To 10Benny Golson2012Album
Turning Point + FreeBenny Golson2012Compil.
The Best Of Benny GolsonBenny Golson2009Compil.
Blues-etteCurtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Garrison, Al Harewood2009Album
Freddie Hubbard - Benny GolsonFreddie Hubbard, Benny Golson2008Album
New Times New TetBenny Golson2008Album
The Jazz Master Class Series From LoyolaBenny Golson2007Album
Groovin' With GolsonBenny Golson2006Album
QuartetsBenny Golson, Wynton Kelly / Tommy Flanagan2006Compil.
Live In Mosciano Sant'Angelo Oh, Jazz Be Good! 2004Antonio Ciacca Trio Special Guest Benny Golson2005Album
Benny Golson's New York SceneBenny Golson2005Album
Terminal 1Benny Golson2004Album
Those Dizzy DaysLee Morgan Featuring Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra With Benny Golson And Wynton Kelly2004Compil.
The Complete Argo / Mercury Art Farmer / Benny Golson / Jazztet SessionsArt Farmer / Benny Golson / The Jazztet2004Album
Up, Jumped, SpringBenny Golson2002Album
One Day, ForeverBenny Golson2001Album
Winchester SpecialLem Winchester & Benny Golson1999Single
Groovin' With GolsonBenny Golson1999Single
Groovin' With GolsonBenny Golson1999Album
FreeBenny Golson1998Compil.
Tenor LegacyBenny Golson1998Album
Groovin' With GolsonBenny Golson1997Album
Up Jumped BennyBenny Golson1997Album
Stockholm SojournThe Benny Golson Orchestra Under The Direction Of Benny Golson1997Album
Benny Golson QuartetBenny Golson1996Album
The Floating Jazz Festival Trio 1995The Floating Jazz Festival Trio, Junior Mance, Keter Betts, Jackie Williams With Special Guest Benny Golson1996Album
Chuck Owen & The Jazz SurgeChuck Owen, The Jazz Surge Featuring Guest Artists Nat Adderley, Benny Golson, Adam Nussbaum, Warren Bernhardt1995Album
Blues On DownArt Farmer / Benny Golson, The Jazztet1994Compil.
Blues Ette Part IICurtis Fuller's Quintet With Benny Golson, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Drummond, Al Harewood1993Album
I Remember MilesBenny Golson1993Album
The JazztetArt Farmer & Benny Golson Featuring John Lewis1991Compil.
Time SpeaksBenny Golson1991Album
Recorded In Paris & New York: 1958Benny Golson1987Compil.
Time SpeaksBenny Golson1987Album
StardustBenny Golson, Freddie Hubbard1987Album
This Is For You, JohnBenny Golson1984Album
Time SpeaksBenny Golson1983Album
California MessageBenny Golson Featuring Curtis Fuller1981Album
I'm Always Dancin' To The MusicBenny Golson1978Album
I'm Always Dancin' To The MusicBenny Golson1978Album
Blues On DownBenny Golson1978Compil.
The New Killer JoeBenny Golson1977Album
Killer JoeBenny Golson1977Album
The New Killer JoeBenny Golson1977Single
Are You RealBenny Golson1977Album
Two Part Inventions For TrumpetBenny Golson, Bobby Troup1970Album
Tune In Turn On - To The Hippest Commercials Of The SixtiesBenny Golson1967Album
Blues MarchArt Farmer, Benny Golson - The Jazztet1966Compil.
Stockholm SojournThe Benny Golson Orchestra Under The Direction Of Benny Golson1965Album
Just Jazz!Benny Golson1965Album
Turning PointBenny Golson1963Album
Triple Play Stereo Pop + Jazz = SwingBenny Golson1962Album
The Jazz Portrait 7Benny Golson1962Single
Big City SoundsThe Jazztet / Art Farmer & Benny Golson1961Album
My Funny Valentine / Blues On DownThe Jazztet Featuring Art Farmer & Benny Golson1961Single
Take A Number From 1 To 10Benny Golson1961Album
The Jazztet And John LewisThe Jazztet And John Lewis Featuring Art Farmer And Benny Golson1961Album
Blues After Dark / Just By MyselfThe Dizzy Gillespie Octet Avec Benny Golson, Ray Bryant1961Single
Blues MarchBenny Golson1960Single
Five Spot After Dark / The Cool OneThe Jazztet Featuring Art Farmer & Benny Golson1960Single
Gone With GolsonBenny Golson1960Album
Gettin' With ItBenny Golson1960Album
Gone With GolsonBenny Golson1960Single
Meet The JazztetArt Farmer - Benny Golson1960Album
Saxes In StereoSonny Rollins / Benny Golson1959Compil.
The Greatest Trumpet Of Them AllThe Dizzy Gillespie Octet Featuring Benny Golson1959Album
Groovin' With GolsonBenny Golson1959Album
Roger Guérin - Benny GolsonRoger Guérin, Benny Golson With Bobby Timmons1959Album
Yesterdays / DrumboogieBenny Golson1959Single
The Other Side Of Benny GolsonBenny Golson1959Album
Crazy Driving BluesBenny Golson, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers1959Single
The Curtis Fuller JazztetThe Curtis Fuller Sextet With Benny Golson1959Album
Winchester SpecialLem Winchester & Benny Golson1959Album
Down FuzzLem Winchester & Benny Golson1959Single
Benny Golson's New York SceneBenny Golson1958Album
Are You Real / Just By MyselfArt Blakey, Lee Morgan, Benny GolsonSingle
Blues March/ Moanin'Roger Guérin, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons, Pierre Michelot, Christian GarrosSingle
Easy Living / SerenataThe Jazztet Featuring Art Farmer & Benny GolsonSingle
2lps On 1cd: "And The Philadelphians" + "Take A Number From 1 To 10"Benny GolsonAlbum
Mox Nix / JubilationArt Farmer & Benny GolsonSingle
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