Born in Philadelphia in 1929 Benny Golson is best known for his compositions and his contributions to several prominent small groups and big bands during the 50s and 60s. Initially training as a classical musician, Golson discovered his ambitions and interest in Jazz whilst at Howard University. Early influences include Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Don Byas. As a leader, Golson is best known for fronting the Jazztet, a group that was to include trombonist Curtis Fuller and, from 59, flugelhornist Art Farmer. Before forming the Jazztet Golson had worked with composer Tadd Dameron, the Lionel Hampton band (1953-'54) and Johnny Hodges ('54, replacing John Coltrane briefly, again in '54-'56), Dizzy Gillespie's big band ('56-'58) and Art Blakey ('58-'59). He also wrote for recording sessions for Oscar Pettiford, Art Farmer and Donald Byrd, among others. After that Golson became more involved in the commercial scene, writing for big band and various vocal albums. In 1967 he was persuaded by the likes of Quincy Jones and Oliver Nelson to move to Hollywood where he became a busy studio composer for film and TV. Golson got back into playing, touring and recording, including reforming the Jazztet in 1982. Compositions made famous by Golson and others include "Killer Joe", "Blues March", "Whisper Not" and "I Remember Clifford."
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Recommended Recordings
Live Dreyfus
That's Funky Arkadia
Meet the Jazztet Chess records
Domingo  Dreyfus
Real Time Contemporary
Up jumped Benny Arkadia
Gone With Golson OJC 
Benny Golson and the Philadelphians Blue Note
The Other Side of Benny Golson OJC
Benny Golson Quartet Laserlight
Benny Golson's New York Scene OJC
Blues on Down Universal
Tenor Legacy Arkadia
Groovin' with Golson OJC
Gettin' with it  OJC
Some of the best Contemporary Tenor Saxophonists
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Michael Brecker
Jan Garbarek
Branford Marsalis
Joshua Redman
James Carter
Chico Freeman