This week's episode is about Benny Golson, a tenor saxophonist who was also a prolific composer and arranger. It features mostly songs he composed, performed by groups he led and by other top notch jazz outfits. Questions? Comments? Requests? email me at WNPMPod@gmail.com or find me on twitter
Joyeux anniversaire, Benny Golson, né un 25 janvier à Philadelphie!
Les Matins Jazz
Alors qu'il était tout jeune musicien, le saxophoniste Benny Golson, qui fête aujourd'hui son 92e anniversaire, jouait avec son copain et voisin John Coltrane dans un club à Philadelphie qui, du jour au lendemain, leur a fermé sa porte : "J’avais envie de pleurer, j’étais tellement découragé. J’avais l’impression que ma carrière était finie - quelle carrière (rires). Je savais que John avait aussi envie de pleurer, mais on ne pouvait pas face à l’autre. En voyant notre peine, ma mère nous a pris dans ses bras, elle nous a serrés en disant : “Ne vous inquiétez pas, un jour vous serez tellement bons qu’ils ne pourront plus vous payer”. On n’y croyait pas une seule seconde (rires) ! Plusieurs années après, on jouait au Newport Jazz Festival. On était dans la même tente, John jouait, il venait juste d’enregistrer "My Favourite Things". Puis on a commencé notre set. Là, il a retiré son saxophone de la bouche et s’est mis à rire : “Tu te souviens ce que ta mère nous avait dit : qu'un jour on serait tellement bons qu’ils ne pourraient plus nous payer… Pendant que ces gars sont encore à Philadelphie, nous, nous sommes à Newport !” Dans ces Matins Jazz, on rend aussi hommage au joueur de baseball Hank Aaron, on se souvien du film "The Birth Of A Nation" de Nate Parker, présenté il y a cinq ans au festival de Sundance et on jette un œil sur le palmarès 2021 du concours La perle du beau livre.
A conversation hosted by John Claytonwith Terell Stafford, Carl Allen, and Geoffrey Keezer Benny Golson (born January 25, 1929) is an American bebop/hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He came to prominence with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie, more as a writer than a performer, before launching his solo career. Golson is known for co-founding and co-leading The Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer in 1959. From the late 1960s through the 1970s, Golson was in-demand as an arranger for film and television and thus was less active as a performer, but he and Farmer reformed the Jazztet in 1982. In addition to “I Remember Clifford”, many of Golson’s compositions have become jazz standards including “Blues March”, “Whisper Not”, and “Killer Joe.” This event was recorded on October 29, 2020, and features a very special guest…stay for the end!
2013, Benny Golson dans la chaleur de Summer of Jazz
Nos 20 ans
Juillet 2013, Paris a chaud et la température grimpe d'encore quelques degrés avec la venue d'une légende dans l'émission Summer of Jazz.Le saxophoniste Benny Golson se produit pendant plusieurs soirs au Sunside avec son ami, le contrebassiste Pierre-Yves Sorin. L'occasion pour cet illustre Jazz Messenger de se confier à notre micro : sa rencontre avec Art Blakey, son premier séjour à Paris à l'automne 1958 pour des concerts mythiques au Club Saint Germain, la composition de la Blues March...Il nous dit tout.
This interview with jazz legend Benny Golson took place in front of a live audience during The Jazz Cruise 2019. The saxophonist and composer turned 90 during the cruise and in this conversation with Sirius/XM’s Eulis Cathey he reminisced about growing up in Philadelphia …how he originally wanted to be a concert pianist…how he picked up the saxophone…his first encounter with a very young John Coltrane…and many other seminal experiences. This episode is sponsored by SFJAZZ. The podcast is produced by Entertainment Cruise Productions.
Jazz saxophonist Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz alongside John Coltrane while Golson was still in high school in Philadelphia. Quickly establishing himself as an iconic fixture on the jazz landscape, Golson performed with dozens of jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Jimmy Heath to Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and many others. An acclaimed composer, Golson also wrote music for Hollywood films and television and composed such memorable jazz standards as "Stablemates," "Killer Joe," and "Whisper Not." An eloquent account of Golson's exceptional life—presented episodically rather than chronologically—Whisper Not includes a dazzling collection of anecdotes, memories, experiences, and photographs that recount the successes, the inevitable failures, and the rewards of a life eternally dedicated to jazz. Benny Golson is an NEA Jazz Master, composer, arranger, and saxophonist. After helping Art Blakey revamp his regime with the Jazz Messengers, he co-founded Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer. He has composed not only jazz standards, including "Killer Joe" and "Along Came Betty," but also music for films and television, including It Takes a Thief and M*A*S*H.
This is a Birthday celebration to one of our great living Jazz Masters. Today (January 25) marks the 87th Birthday of tenor saxophonist/composer/arranger and Jazz Master Benny Golson. Golson has been a part of Jazz history since breaking into the bands of Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and then forming his own groups along with his important band The Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer. Tonight's Jazz Feature is an album that features his mellifluous tenor saxophone playing unfettered by complex arrangements hence the album's title..."Free". Golson is heard here with the "poet of the piano", Tommy Flanagan, bassist Ron Carter and the ubiquitous Arthur Taylor on drums. Two Golson originals are on this set and an intriguing original by obscure pianist Will Davis called "Sock Cha". The rest of the six tunes are made up of good quality standards. "Free" is a testament to the wonderful playing of Benny Golson who somehow combines the sound of his early mentors, Don Byas and Lucky Thompson with his very modern concept. No one sounds like Benny and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Golson!
http://traffic.libsyn.com/jazzwatch/JazzWatch_Episode_48_-_Benny_Golson.mp3 Composer, bandleader, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson has established a legacy built on the pursuit of excellence. That excellence has also contributed to the legacy and careers of peers such as Art Farmer, Art Blakey & Lee Morgan while raising the bar among improvisers and composers for all generations that followed. His reputation as a true gentleman is equally renowned. Mr. Golson is a leading clinician and his current group featuring the rhythm section of drummer Carl Allen, bassist Buster Williams and pianist Mike LeDonne is a leading ensemble churning out the truest swing. You wont find a more honest and pleasant soul as Mr. Golson, and it was a treasure to have a conversation with him for Jazzwatch. If you have not seen him in concert, please do so, and be on the lookout for a new CD from Mr. Golson in 2016. http://www.facebook.com/jazzwatch https://twitter.com/gbjazzwatch https://www.youtube.com/user/GBJazzWatch [contact-form]