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George Benson: Finding His Groove In Inspiration

By Published: September 20, 2013
While he shared personal anecdotes on stage, Benson was surrounded by top musicians including jazz great, Papa John DeFrancesco
Papa John DeFrancesco
Papa John DeFrancesco
organ, Hammond B3
, and other top players in position on stage to perform. Benson spoke on how he as a teen artist was invigorated by the music of Nat King Cole as well as humbled by the opportunity to be mentored by John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. "We are here to celebrate jazz and instill the spirit of jazz within the youth artists of today." said Benson. There beside Benson stood a teen female jazz guitarist by the name of Giavanna Foster, strapped with a vintage L-5 ready on deck. When Benson brought her up to the microphone, she expressed that she was dedicating the next song to honor a jazz legend whose music touched her spirit heartening her to discover the beauty of jazz guitar at the age of six. The crowd and Benson discovered in that moment that it was Benson himself whose music fed her inspiration as she performed, on lead guitar, a jazz tune by the name of "Sugar," a track Benson recorded early in his career with jazz greats, the legendary saxophonist Stanley Turrentine = 10944}}, bassist Ron Carter
Ron Carter
Ron Carter
, drummer Billy Kaye and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008

So, the inner spark of inspiration continues to be a powerful guide in the human experience especially attributed to the music of Jazz Ambassadors like Benson. With the Cole tribute project, he shares his truth as a man on a thoughtful quest to carry jazz forward as he reaches back in time to re-interpret the meaningful music that emotionally motivated him to sing and play.

Inspiration is a legacy project of a legacy artist who lives for the joy to ignite the light of creativity in the arts within people around the world through the sound frequency of jazz; and to think it all started with a ukulele, a microphone, knock knees, and the first day Little Georgie Benson sang in studio..."Mona Lisa."

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Greg Allen

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