There’s no denying that George Benson’s music goes beyond talent. Launching his professional career at the age of 21, the jazz guitarist is one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, with a career spanning more than six decades.
As Benson gets ready to take on the crowd at Bluesfest Byron Bay this Easter we thought what better time to go down memory lane and have a look at some of Benson’s most memorable performances.
1964 Antibes Jazz Festival, France
At just 21 years old George Benson is playing on a Les Paul with the Jack McDuff at the Antibes Jazz Festival, France in 1964.
1966 Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island
To put it simply, it’s toe-tappin’ goodness!
1977 Old Grey Whistle Test, England
Here’s George performing a cover of the song “Breezin'”. An absolute show-stopper and still a classic cover!
p.s. Can you spot the bassist playing the tambourine with his foot? Now, that’s cool!
1986 Montreux, Switzerland
Benson and his band play a full 18 songs live to an adoring crowd. You can feel the atmosphere from the video alone.
1992 Santiago, Chile
That intro… a true master!
2000 Tollwood Festival, Munich
Benson plays “Collaboration”, “Star Of A Story”, “Turn Your Love Around” to a crowd of adoring fans.
2019 Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island
This year, Benson returned to his old haunts… and you guessed it. He absolutely blew everyone away.
Now, who’s ready for George Benson live this April 2020? We are.