“Benny Golson is the Noah Webster of jazz. His vocabulary is unsurpassed and few if any have contributed more to the lexicon.” -Kansas City Star
As a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer, and especially a tenor saxophonist, Benny Golson is one of the legendary figures in jazz. As a player he has appeared in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey, in addition to leading his own groups and recording some 30 albums under his name. As a composer Golson has made considerable contributions to the jazz world. He is the only living jazz artist to have 8 compositions in the standard repertoire: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates, Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot, After Dark, and Are you Real? Over an incredible 50-plus year career, Golson has written over 300 songs, arranged music for artists from John Coltrane to Dusty Springfield, and written scores for numerous hit TV shows.
“Freelon makes each song… such a personal statement that they all seem fresh and new.” — USA Today
Six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the “international voice of jazz” and according to the Los Angeles Times, “she’s positioned herself in the very top echelon” as one of the greatest singers of our time. She’s shared the stage and appeared on recordings with music icons such as Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, the Count Basie Orchestra and more, and she’s been heard and seen in the feature film “What Women Want,” on the TV show Mad Men and in performances at the world’s top concert halls and jazz festivals.
The youngest brother of the NEA Jazz Master Marsalis family, Jason has long been recognized as an in-demand drummer and record producer. Working with the Ellis Marsalis Trio as well as the Marcus Roberts Trio, he has fine tuned his playing in two of the most demanding settings in modern jazz.