Benny Golson Similar Artists

Lucky Thompson - 100% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eli Thompson, 16 June 1924, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, d. 30 July 2005, Seattle, Washington, USA. Thompson’s professional career began in the early 40s as a sideman in territory bands. After moving to New York in 1943 he played tenor saxophone in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Millinder and in 1944 joined Count Basie. On the west coas Read more

Art Farmer - 96% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Stewart Farmer, 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 4 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. While still a child Farmer moved first to Phoenix, Arizona, then to Los Angeles. This was in the mid-40s, and during the next few years Farmer played trumpet in various name bands, including those led by Jay McShann and Benny Carter, and worked and recorded with Read more

Booker Ervin - 94% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1930, Denison, Texas, USA, d. 31 August 1970, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, Ervin played trombone but switched to tenor saxophone in the early 50s during his military service. (He led his own small group when he was stationed on Okinawa.) After returning to civilian life, Ervin studied at Berklee College Of Music under Joe Viola, then worked with Ernie Read more

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Blue Mitchell - 92% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Allen Mitchell, 13 March 1930, Miami, Florida, USA, d. 21 May 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA. Mitchell’s early professional career found him playing trumpet in a number of R&B bands, including that led in the mid-50s by Earl Bostic. Later in the decade he worked briefly with Cannonball Adderley in New York, and then joined Horace Silver’s band, an e Read more

Johnny Griffin - 91% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sonny Stitt - 90% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Boatner Stitt, 2 February 1924, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 22 July 1982, Washington, DC, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, Stitt gained his early experience playing in the big bands led by Tiny Bradshaw and Billy Eckstine. Influenced by Charlie Parker and by the many fine young beboppers he encountered on the Eckstine band, Stitt quickly developed into a formid Read more

Tina Brooks - 82% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harold Floyd Brooks, 7 June 1932, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 August 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Brooks acquired his sobriquet ‘Tina’ after his previous nickname ‘Teeny’. He studied C-melody, alto and tenor saxophones at school before turning professional in 1950. At first he played with R&B and local New York Latin bands, recordi Read more

Jackie McLean - 77% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Lenwood McLean, 17 May 1932, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 March 2006, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (some sources cite 1931 as his year of birth). Coming as he did from a musical background (McLean’s father played guitar with the Tiny Bradshaw band), Jackie was encouraged by family friends who included Bud Powell. It was through Powell that alto saxophonist McL Read more

Horace Parlan - 74% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 January 1931, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Parlan played piano from an early age, his first professional work being in R&B bands during the early and mid-50s. In 1957 he joined Charles Mingus in New York, later playing with Lou Donaldson, Booker Ervin, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Johnny Griffin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. In the early 70s he settled in Den Read more

Curtis Fuller - 71% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 December 1934, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Fuller began studying trombone in his teens, eventually playing in a band during his military service in the early 50s. As the leader of the band was Cannonball Adderley, it was not surprising that, following his discharge, Fuller quickly turned to jazz. At first he worked in his home town, playing with Kenny Burrell, Yusef Lateef an Read more

Gene Ammons - 71% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eugene Ammons, 14 April 1925, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 6 August 1974, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Ammons chose to make the tenor saxophone his instrument in preference to the piano played by his father, the famous boogie-woogie exponent Albert Ammons. Gene left school at the age of 18 and within two years was a member of Billy Eckstine’s bebop-orientated big band. Despite Read more

Kenny Drew - 69% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 August 1928, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 August 1993, Copenhagen, Denmark. A child prodigy, Drew studied piano and music, making his first records in 1949 with Howard McGhee. In the 50s, he was much in demand for recording and club sessions by mainstream and modern musicians such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He worked regularly with Buddy De Read more

Wynton Kelly - 67% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 December 1931, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 12 April 1971, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised in New York, Kelly first played piano professionally with various R&B bands, where his musical associates included Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis. In the early 50s, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Lester Young. He recorded some fine sessions for Blue Note Recor Read more

Ike Quebec - 66% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 August 1918, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 16 January 1963, New York City, New York, USA. Quebec played piano at first, then took up the tenor saxophone in 1940. He worked in several well-known bands, including outfits led by Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge and, later, Cab Calloway, with whom he stayed from 1944-51. He also led his own small groups in the 40s, r Read more

Red Garland - 66% match to Benny Golson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more


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