Benny Golson: Bringing the hits

Benny Golson perfroms in the KPLU studios on February 29, 2012. Photo by Justin Steyer / Jazz24

By Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson

Tenor saxophonist/composer, Benny Golson is now in his second half-century as a touring and recording jazz artist.  He began performing almost 60 years ago and recorded his first LP as a bandleader 55 years ago … and if his stop by the Jazz24 studios last week with pianist, Sharp Radway and drummer, Jason Marsalis, is any indication, he shows no signs of slowing down now.

Benny’s visit was marked by his wonderfully humorous story-telling, which he wove around the performance of three of his best-loved compositions, Along Came Betty, Whisper Not and his stone-cold classic, Killer Joe.

He was accompanied by pianist Sharp Radway and drummer Jason Marsalis.

 

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