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  1. The Late Show with David Letterman. Dec. 7, 2010

    November 15, 2010 by admin

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    On Tuesday, December 7th, George will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman. George will be performing songs from his latest album, Songs and Stories along with a few of his timeless hits with Paul Schaeffer and the CBS Orchestra.


  2. Les Victoires du Jazz

    July 16, 2010 by admin

    Découvrez Les victoires du Jazz en ouverture de Jazz à Juan sur Culturebox !


  3. Sydney Opera House

    July 2, 2010 by admin

    scarlet-night_-sydney-opera-houseGeorge will be teaming up with the Sydney Symphony bringing his tribute show, An Unforgettable Tribute To Nat King Cole, to the Sydney Opera House this November for 3 consecutive nights of nights. -mgmt


  4. Ottawa Citizen Preview

    June 25, 2010 by admin

    A husband at age 18, guitarist-singer George Benson knew music as a career was a risky proposition, so he tried other jobs, becoming as handy with tools as he was with a guitar. But then a sudden realization hit him.

    Photograph by: Paul Kane, Getty Images

    George Benson buried the hatchet for music

    Career choice paid off for versatile performer

    By MARKE ANDREWS, Vancouver Sun June 23, 2010George Benson

    When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

    Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

    Tickets: $67 to $77 from ticketmaster.ca

    A husband at age 18, guitarist-singer George Benson knew music as a career was a risky proposition, so he tried other jobs, becoming as handy with tools as he was with a guitar. But then a sudden realization hit him.

    “I knew my biggest potential was in the music world, and one day I had a hatchet in my hand and I realized that if I made a mistake with that hatchet, any career I might have would be over,” says Benson by phone from his home in Pardise Valley, Ariz., on a brief break between tours. Benson performs Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

    It makes sense that Benson stayed with music. He began playing for money at the tender age of seven, performing numbers on a ukulele at stores and street corners in his home town of Pittsburgh. The city was known for its musicians, which included drummer Art Blakey, pianists Ahmad Jamal and Earl (Fatha) Hines, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and singers Billy Eckstine and Eddie Jefferson. The latter befriended Benson when the young ukulele player was in second grade.

    “He had a recording, I Got the Blues, that I sang around town as a little kid with my ukulele,” says Benson. “He came to me on the street corner when I was seven and asked me to sing that song for him. I sang it and he laughed so hard he rolled on the ground.”

    Benson started living the musician’s life early, making his first record at age 10, switching to guitar and playing in jazz and R&B bands during his teens, and recording his first album as bandleader at age 21. His formal musical training was minimal; he relied on his ear to learn how to play.

    “I learned what I learned by listening to other artists, and hanging around great people who knew what they were doing,” says Benson. “I’m still doing the same thing, just going through different sources.”

    Although he didn’t start singing on his recordings until his 1976 album Breezin’, Benson always sang, and had a particular fondness for rhythm and blues. You can hear strains of the late singer Donny Hathaway in Benson’s voice, which makes some sense when you learn that Benson and Hathaway were good friends, even though Hathaway did not have a clue that his guitar-playing buddy wanted to sing.

    “We were friends toward the latter part of his life,” said Benson. “We hung out together, and wrote songs together, although nothing that came out. To be around that voice, man. He was a natural. At that time I wasn’t known as a singer even though I did sing, but he didn’t find that out until a short time before he died, when I sang On Broadway and Masquerade.”

    On his most recent release, Songs and Stories (2009), Benson performs a Hathaway number, Someday We’ll All Be Free, and sings a duet with the late singer’s daughter, Lalah Hathaway.

    Though he spends a good part of his year on the road touring, Benson likes to spend his time off at home, either at the Benson house in Paradise Valley, or his other place in Inglewood, N.J. In his spare time, he conducts Bible studies.

    And choosing music for a career not only made for a happy individual, Benson has been successful enough to win 10 Grammy Awards, and he and his wife have raised seven sons on a musician’s income.

    mandrews@vancouversun.com

    © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun
    Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/music/Benson+buried+hatchet+music/3191036/story.html#ixzz0rp2Q5KTd

  5. Tour Update

    February 25, 2010 by admin

    We just updated the tour dates section with 7 shows in the UK at the end of May and first week of June as well as new dates in Concord, CA and Kansas City, MO.

    For more info click here.


  6. Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards

    January 20, 2010 by admin

    The 6th annual Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards takes place FRIDAY APRIL 23RD, 2010 in Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario where George will be honored for contributing to the success of the Smooth Jazz format in Canada. David Sanborn will be honored with the 2010 George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award.

    All nominations are posted on the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards website and you can vote here.


  7. The George Benson Sessions: The Making of Songs And Stories

    December 13, 2009 by admin

    When creating Songs And Stories we decided to video tape the recording sessions and give you a look into the making of the record.  Those sessions were the heart of The George Benson Sessions: The Making of Songs And Stories.  We just uploaded the last video It Aint Over which you can view on the front page our the site or at our Official You Tube Channel.


  8. The George Benson Sessions: Someday We’ll All Be Free LIVE

    November 11, 2009 by admin

    We just uploaded the video for Someday We’ll All Be Free.  Enjoy.


  9. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    by admin

    George recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon leading the house band The Roots.  In case you missed it you can view the episode here.


  10. Who’s Hot In Hollywood – USA Today

    October 2, 2009 by admin
    Here is a spotlight piece on Songs And Stories that recently appeared in USA Today.
    Who's Hot In Hollywood