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The Music Of Benny Golson

Jazz Unlimited for July 10, 2016 is “The Music of Benny Golson.”  Tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger Benny Golson was born in 1929 in Philadelphia and is still performing at age 87.  He is best known for the Jazztet and his compositions like “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Blues March,” “Whisper Not,” “Stablemates” and “Along Came Betty,” among others.  Groups heard on this show are the Phineas Newborn, Jr. Trio, the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut, Brown-Roach, Inc., three versions of the Jazztet, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Willie Akins and “Groove" Holmes, the Freddie Washington quartet, the Art Farmer Quintet, the Benny Golson Quintet, the Lou Donaldson sextet, the Curtis Amy Sextet, the Either/Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Octet, the Paul Chambers Quintet, the Quincy Jones Big Band and Anthony Braxton.

The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of July 18, 2015.

This is a post 206 video of Benny Golson (ts) and Willie Pickens (p) playing "Killer Joe" from the PBS TV series "Legends of Jazz."

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Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.