1. The Sunday Independent – Cape Town

    April 6, 2010 by admin

    By Atiyyah Khan

    A charismatic George Benson thrilled journalists with stories, speaking openly and with ease on his arrival at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, taking a trip down memory lane.

    He described his earliest days as a musician, as a “speed-demon” guitarist, and traced how it was that he learnt to slow down.

    “I see a whole new South Africa. It’s nice to see the sun shining on a lot of people’s faces here, it’s a warm feeling and a whole fresh new vibe.”

    Benson was honoured with an official multi-platinum award from Universal Music for Africa for sales of more than half-a-million units and a gold award from Warner Music Gallo for the Givin’ It Up album he recorded with Al Jarreau.

    “I told my manager to call Al Jarreau and let him know that something very special is going to go down in South Africa and congratulate him, so can I take that back to him? I really thank you for this award.”

    With a sold-out Cape Town jazz festival, more than 16 000 jazz fanatics were due to attend the first night of the festival last night, where Benson was to play with a 28-piece orchestra in a tribute to Nat King Cole.

    “(Cole) brought a lot of class to African-American musicians, at the time going through some challenges in the US. His music was some of the biggest crossover of his time, and it’s still fresh and high-class today.”

    Benson is one of the few musicians who get to play on both days of the festival. One of his musical highlights, he says, was being commended by Sinatra.

    “I found out he was a gigantic fan of my voice. I was like, ‘Can anybody say anything else to me now’?”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Tavis Smiley Tonight Oct. 6 on PBS

    October 6, 2009 by admin

    Be sure to catch George on the Tavis Smiley show tonight on PBS.

  8. 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

  9. November 30 Kosice, Slovakia

    September 25, 2009 by admin

    Just added:  George will be performing on November 30 in Kosice, Slovakia at the Infinity Arena.  Stay tuned for more European Winter 09 tour dates.

  10. Jimmy Kimmel Live Tomorrow Night, Wednesday Sep. 23!

    September 23, 2009 by admin

    Tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night (Sep. 23) to see George perform throughout the show.