George Benson A Tribute to Nat King Cole
R&B - Soul Jazz
George Benson (vocals, guitar); Randy Waldman (conductor, piano, keys); Janey Clewer, Erwin van Motman, Tarif Heljanan, Russell Patawala, Dani Duzant, Anna Mackaloy (backing vocals); Michael O'Neill (guitar); Thom Hall (keys); Stanley Banks (bass); Teddy Campbell (drums); Babette Beertema, Maria Chiarizia, Eva Petrarca, Noa Eyl, Marianne Hutchinson, Hoei Lien The, Bas Treub, Nadia Frissen, Pieter van Loenen, Hadwijch Hofland, Esther Op t Land, Maria Claire Boel, Margot Kolodziej, Killian van Rooij, Koos Verhage, Annelies de Rooij (viola); Sophie Groote, David Lopez, Mirjam Klein, Estella Briceno Mesquita (alt viola); Jobine Siekman, Marjolein Nieuwenkamp, Anna Drijvers, Cristina Dulanto, Martijn Kortleve, Marijke van den Bergen (cello); Astrid Haring (harp); Vasilis Stefanopulos, Elma Dekker, Andor Horvath; Allan Eshuijs.
Fri 10 July 2009 20:00 - 21:15 Amazon
For years, George Benson
has attracted large audiences at the North Sea Jazz Festival. This man from Pittsburgh grew up as a talented guitarist noticeably influenced by the legendary Wes Montgomery. In the 1960s, it was Miles Davis who first recognized his talent and asked him to play on the album Miles in the Sky.
In the 70s, Benson took a more commercial direction and this delivered him immediate success. Songs like On Broadway
and Give Me the Nigh
t are among the classics that he still performs. But Benson is a man who is also slowly turning to styles like smooth jazz and R&B. In 2006, he recorded the album Givin' It Up
with Al Jarreau. They won a Grammy for the album and did a world tour together. At the festival, Benson will be focusing on the repertoire of Nat King Cole. Last year, he toured successfully with this project in his own country.During this tribute, Benson performs his own interpretations of classics like Stardust
, Looking Back
and Nature Boy
. He is currently working on a new album together with the guitarist and keyboards player of Toto.