Multi-talented tenor saxophonist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his prodigious contributions to the world of jazz. From his early years with Dizzy Gillespie’s band and Art Blakey’s 60-year run as solo performer and TV film composer, Golson has had a multifaceted career.
Jazz aficionados love Golson’s original compositions “Blues March,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Killer Joe,” and “Stablemates,” while TV and film fans know his music from M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, and The Cosby Show. Golson has recorded more than 30 albums and written more than 300 compositions. He has created music for national radio and television spots for Chrysler, Clorox, Gillette, Heinz Foods, McDonald’s, Mattel Toys, Nissan, Pepsi-Cola, Texaco, and more. The winner of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, Golson has not only blazed a trail in the world of jazz but is passionate about teaching music to young and old alike. He has lectured at the Lincoln Center through a series created by Wynton Marsalis and is presently working on a college textbook and his autobiography.