Benny Golson Quartet

Jazz Blues
© Antonio Porcar
© Antonio Porcar

To attend this Elbphilharmonie concert, reservations must be made in advance.

He has played together with many international stars of modern jazz – with Dizzy Gillespie as well as with Art Blakey, Clifford Brown or Lionel Hampton. Benny Golson can easily look back upon a career of almost 70 years because he was already born in 1929; and with 89 years the tenor saxophonist is still active as a musician and a teacher. Most of all he has written jazz history in the 50s and 60s with the Jazztet which he founded together with trumpeter Art Farmer and trombonist Curtis Fuller.

Golson is not one of those saxophonists bursting with strength like e. g. Sonny Rollins, his tone is warmer and much more lyrical than many of his colleagues. And his vibrato is rather unique within the hardbop. Golson does not only belong to the outstanding instrumentalists of the past decades but has also written a whole string of classic compositions. “Along Came Betty”, “I Remember Clifford” and “Blues March” are some of his most popular pieces.