Jazz legend Benny Golson shares standards — and memories of John Coltrane — at the Blue Room
Longtime jazz tenorman Benny Golson made a tour stop at the Blue Room in Kansas City on Friday, and much to the delight of a nearly full house, gave listeners a rare look back at a time when jazz was king. Golson, 82, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Jazz Museum. He and his quartet then played a variety of compositions, some of which Golson wrote over 50 years ago, and some that were a bit more modern.
As if it wasn’t enough to see someone who is a living legend play, listeners also got an inside look at how he got started: the people he grew up with and played with, and some personal recollections that were truly remarkable.