Smooth Jazz And Books – Benson: The Autobiography

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This summer will see the release of  Benson: The Autobiography.

Benson: The Autobiography follows Lil’ Georgie Benson from his remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of Dubai, and everywhere in between.

George’s tales of scuffling on the road with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis, and emerging as the first true (and truly successful) jazz/soul crossover artist will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture.

This long-awaited book allows readers to meet one of the most beloved, prolific, and bestselling musicians of any era.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon here.

George Benson makes his Nate King Cole CD

 

 

George Benson:

 

New Album in the Making
I’m recording a new Nat King Cole tribute album with an orchestra and would love for you to be a part of it!

Welcome to my PledgeMusic page.

I’ve had the idea to record an album featuring the music of Nat King Cole for quite some time now. Thanks to my long history with Concord Records, together we arranged an amazing 42 piece orchestra to make a record I’m really passionate about.

Since this is a very unique and special project to me and I am blessed by many good friends who have supported me along the way, I wanted to give my fans a chance to take part in something unique and special, too. So, instead of the traditional ‘making of’ DVD or a few extra bonus tracks, Concord Records and I have teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you an opportunity to participate in some exclusive offers only available here.

I will personally autograph CDs and Vinyl. You can get your name listed in the album artwork! You can even purchase my newly developed Ibanez LGB300 signature guitar which I’ll personally sign for you over a Skype chat!

A lot of these offerings are limited edition and aren’t even printed yet, so all you have to do for now is ‘Pledge’ and your credit card won’t be charged until the bar at the top of the page hits 100%. And just for Pledging, you’ll gain access to behind the scenes information on the making of the album including exclusive videos and updates along the way.

And I want you to know that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through our friends at Music Cares.

Thank you for being a part of this special project and I can’t wait for you to hear this record!

– George

If you are interested to support this project, visit this website http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/georgebenson.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Dell Music Center

 

The Dell Music Center, located in scenic East Fairmount Park, is Philadelphia’s premier outdoor entertainment and education venue. Formerly the Robin Hood Dell East, this open-air amphitheatre is managed by the City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and is the fourth largest performance venue in Philadelphia. The Dell has 5,284 reserved seats and can hold an additional 600 people on the lawn.

The Dell has been providing world-class entertainment to Philadelphians for the past 39 years. It is a municipally-funded and operated amphitheatre, established to provide high-quality, diverse, cultural entertainment inside the community at an affordable cost.

The Dell has hosted many nationally and internationally prominent artists. These legendary performances have included everyone from musical icons like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughn; to classic soul singers like Patti Labelle, The Whispers, Frankie Beverly, Jill Scott and Teena.

This venue will present George Benson, Boney James and Pamela Williams on Thursday, August 09, 2012 – 7:00 pm.

Dell East Music Center, E Fairmount Park, Ridge Ave and Huntingdon Dr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132

George Benson – The Guitar Man

At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both. However, he regards himself as an entertainer in the broadest sense of the word – a singer of songs, a spinner of tales. That’s the essence, Songs and Stories.

“It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master says of the longevity of his career and the ten Grammy Awards that have punctuated it along the way. “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories. That’s what keeps the music fresh for me. That’s what keeps me coming back. If you come up with a great melody and put the right lyrics to it, I’m immediately excited.”

That excitement is evident in his new release, Songs and Stories, due August 25, 2009, on Concord Records / Monster Music. The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century, including James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and several others. Some were written specifically for this new recording, while others were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

Songs and Stories was produced by Concord exec VP of A&R John Burk and renowned bassist / composer Marcus Miller. Benson, Miller, keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, guitarist Jubu and drummer John Robinson make up the core unit for the project. They were joined by special guests: guitarists Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Wah Wah Watson and Norman Brown, vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin, keyboardist David Paich, saxophonists Tom Scott and Gerald Albright along with several others. “Brother, with that team, you can do just about anything,” said Benson. “We recorded in the studio for three days straight, and everything we touched had something on it that made us all glad we were there. It was just the right mix of people and material. Once we realized that, the challenges disappeared. It just became an exercise in great joy. We were happy to jump on it, we knew we were going to get something special, and that’s what we got.” The combined talents of these writers and musicians make for a series of unforgettable tales, and Benson himself is the narrator who weaves it all together.

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