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GEORGE BENSON

SIMPLY ONE OF THE GREATEST GUITARISTS IN JAZZ HISTORY, GEORGE BENSON IS AN AMAZINGLY VERSATILE MUSICIAN, WHOSE ADEPT SKILLS FIND HIM CROSSING EASILY BETWEEN STRAIGHT-AHEAD JAZZ, SMOOTH JAZZ, AND CONTEMPORARY R&B.

BLESSED WITH SUPREME TASTE, A BEAUTIFUL, ROUNDED GUITAR TONE, TERRIFIC SPEED, A MARVELOUS SENSE OF LOGIC IN BUILDING SOLOS, AND, ALWAYS, AN UNQUENCHABLE URGE TO SWING, BENSON'S INSPIRATIONS MAY HAVE BEEN CHARLIE CHRISTIAN AND WES MONTGOMERY, BUT HIS STYLE IS COMPLETELY HIS OWN.

NOT ONLY CAN HE PLAY LEAD BRILLIANTLY, HE IS ALSO ONE OF THE BEST RHYTHM GUITARISTS AROUND YET BENSON CAN ALSO SING IN A LUSH, SOULFUL TENOR WITH MANNERISMS SIMILAR TO THOSE OF STEVIE WONDER AND DONNY HATHAWAY, AND IT IS HIS VOICE THAT HAS PROVEN MORE MARKETABLE TO THE PUBLIC THAN HIS GUITAR.

 

BENSON IS THE GUITAR-PLAYING EQUIVALENT OF NAT KING COLE -- A FANTASTIC PIANIST WHOSE SMOOTH WAY WITH A POP VOCAL EVENTUALLY ECLIPSED HIS INSTRUMENTAL PROWESS IN THE MARKETPLACE -- BUT UNLIKE COLE, BENSON HAS BEEN GRANTED ENOUGH TIME AFTER HIS FLING WITH THE POP CHARTS TO REAFFIRM HIS JAZZ GUITAR CREDENTIALS, WHICH HE STILL DOES AT HIS CONCERTS.

 

“I Think I'm More Entertainer Than Musician. I Like To Get With The Crowd,

Make This Night Special For Them.” -  George Benson

NAT as George

NAT AUGUSTIN’S TRIBUTE TO GEORGE BENSON IS PURE CLASS.


AUDIENCES CLAIM THAT HIS PERFORMANCE IS SO AUTHENTIC THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING THE PRESENCE OF THE GREAT GEORGE BENSON HIMSELF.


HE HAS BEEN PERFORMING FOR OVER 30 YEARS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WORKING AS A SESSION MUSICIAN FOR SUCH ARTISTS AS WHITNEY HOUSTON, GABRIEL, LEMAR, SHAKIRA,  ALEXANDER O’NEAL, IMAGINATION, HEATWAVE, EURYTHMICS, BOY GEORGE, SPANDUA BALLET, RICK ASTLEY, PET SHOP BOYS, ANOTHER LEVEL, SHOLA AMA, AND COUNTLESS OTHERS AS WELL AS HAVING SUCCESS WITH HIS BAND LIGHT OF THE WORLD BACK IN THE EIGHTIES.


HE HAS BEEN PERFORMING HIS TRIBUTE SHOW SINCE 2003 AND HAS OPENED UP FOR ALEXANDER O’NEAL’S ON 4 MAJOR UK TOURS AS WELL AS BEING HIS MUSICAL DIRECTOR.