May 08 through May 12
The Music of Benny Golson at
Smoke Jazz Club
2751 Broadway
New York City, NY 10025

The music of jazz legend Benny Golson is celebrated and performed by the New Jazztet featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen with special guest Billy Pierce on tenor saxophone. This group recorded together under Golson’s leadership in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed album, New Time, New ’Tet. Golson is one of the most important contributors to jazz history as a player and the jazz canon as composer writing such enduring classics as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark,” and “Are you Real?” among quite a few others. He also was a major influence on the tenor saxophone playing in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. The full impact of his career on American culture is hard to summarize but Downbeat called him “a defining voice of modern jazz.”


2023 - The Jazz Foundation of America held its annual “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit, with multiple Grammy winner Jon Batiste among the talent at the Apollo Theater. Benny Golson and legendary songwriter Mike Stoller were among those being honored for a lifetime of work.

The concert portions of the March 30 event was overseen by drumming great Steve Jordan as the night’s musical director. Batiste was joined in the performance lineup by a cast that included Bettye LaVette, Monty Alexander, Ray Parker Jr., Kenny Barron and Robert Cray.

Monty Alexander Trio

You can watch a video with highlights from the evening at NEWSFLARE 

Visit the Jazz Foundation Website 

Benny Golson pointing at himself in the 1958 Art Kane photograph

Watch a great CBS piece and interview with Benny Golson about the famous photograph, its creation and Benny's first visit to the original stoop 60 years later. Also, read an insightful essay from the Wall Street Journal about this iconic moment in jazz history.

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Benny in 2006Welcome, friends!
It gives me so much pleasure to welcome you to my official website. As you know, I started my career in jazz about 65 years ago. I was privileged "to cut my teeth" with the renowned Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Travelling all over the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, I have been playing the music I love so much.

Benny in 1944 at the tender age of 15To those of you who are just hearing about me, please read my bio in the Artist Profile. Over the years, so many of you have supported my music by coming to my performances and buying my records and CDs. To all of you, my deep and personal THANK YOU!

As you know, I love to interact with my friends and fans worldwide. This website gives me the wonderful opportunity of staying in touch with you and ... more so, of hearing from you personally.

Also, come back regularly to be alerted about upcoming shows and performances.

And remember, friend .... visit my site as often as you can ... and please! .... don't forget to tell your friends about it too! Thank you for visiting.

Benny Golson

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Saxsounds Magazine
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All About Jazz

"Jazz Great Benny Golson
is Young Again"
Read a review of Benny's performance at the Lincoln Center in New York in January 2014

Tom Hanks' character watches Benny Golson play Killer Joe in a hotel lounge while waiting to get his autograph.

In Steven Spielberg's 2004 film The Terminal, Tom Hanks plays an Eastern European man who is stranded at JFK for months and while doing so keeps a promise to his late father. He sets out to obtain the only missing autograph of the 57 jazz musician assembled in A Great Day in Harlem. The missing autograph is that of Benny Golson.

The Autograph - Tom Hanks and Benny Golson Scene

Promises - Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Find the answer to this question in our featured article from the WSJ 2012.

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Due to the Covid Pandemic all of Benny's national and international concerts have been cancelled.

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Reviewed by Jack Bowers

At age eighty-seven, saxophonist Benny Golson is one of the last surviving links to the Golden Age of modern jazz, ushered in by the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and others in the early '40s .....

..... At an age that is far past retirement for most mortals, Benny Golson not only keeps working but showing a younger generation that when it comes to contemporary jazz, maturity and experience are dependable allies in the ongoing battle with Father Time.

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Listen to some samples from Benny's most recent releases

Browse this great portal for Benny-related video, poster art, music, articles and more.

Art Kane's son Jonathan Kane and Benny Golson during a presentation celebrating the publication of 'Art Kane Harlem 1958'. Photgraph by Grayson Dantzic.

'With the publication of this handsome book we get a closer look at some of the out-takes of Art Kane's excellent work. It's heartwarming to see some of these people greeting each other as the cabs roll up to the appointed place. There's no ego on display here. These are great artists who recognize each others' gifts. I would heartily recommend this book to any jazz and/or photography lover.'
(excerpt from an online review by Don Brown)

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Benny Golson and the Fritz Pauer Trio
Jazzland (Vienna) 2009

Benny's Solo for Stolen Moments
Viersen (Germany) Jazz Festival 2008

Benny Golson plays "Along Came Betty" in front of an audience of jazz students as the culmination of a master class in playing jazz held at Loyola University, New Orleans, and discusses how he wrote the song.

Benny Golson and Patrick SelmerSelmer Saxophones

"I've been a tenor saxophone player since the age of 14... ...But in the beginning, at age 9, I fancied I wanted to become a concert pianist and went about working very hard (practicing) pursuing this career, acquiring a small repertoire that I made use of when playing for ladies' tea parties and fashion shows......."

Benny & Coltrane

"We both were two young kids, growing up in Philadelphia - aspiring to be musicians. On one occasion, we were both in the same band, as budding saxophonists. - and thinking we were doing quite well......"

Download Benny's most famous jazz standards in PDF format. Download is free, but you will need a password. To obtain it, simply send an email to with the subject line: sheetmusic password.

> I Remember Clifford
> Killer Joe
> Blues March
> Whisper Not
> Along Came Betty
> Stablemates
> Are You Real ?
> Five Spot After Dark