George Benson

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Presented by Ryman Auditorium at Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN

May 19
George Benson

Tickets on sale Friday, March 8 at 10am.

Benson was born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of seven, he first played the ukulele in a corner drug store, for which he was paid a few dollars. At the age of eight, he played guitar in an unlicensed nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights, but the police soon closed the club down.  At the age of 10, he recorded his first single record, “She Makes Me Mad”, with RCA-Victor in New York, under the name “Little Georgie”.

At the age of 21, he recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, featuring McDuff. Benson’s next recording was It’s Uptown with the George Benson Quartet, including Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone saxophone. Benson followed it up with The George Benson Cookbook, also with Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber on baritone and drummer Marion Booker. Miles Davis employed Benson in the mid-1960s, featuring his guitar on “Paraphernalia” on his 1968 Columbia release, Miles in the Sky before going to Verve Records.

Benson then signed with Creed Taylor’s jazz label CTI Records, where he recorded several albums, with jazz heavyweights guesting, to some success, mainly in the jazz field. His 1974 release, Bad Benson, climbed to the top spot in the Billboard jazz chart.

In June 2013, Benson released his fourth album for Concord Records, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, which featured Wynton Marsalis, Idina Menzel, Till Brönner, and Judith Hill. In September, he returned to perform at Rock in Rio festival, in Rio de Janeiro, 35 years after his first performance at this festival, which was then the inaugural one.

In July 2017, Benson mark’s his 40th anniversary and  Ibanez has created a limited run of his signature guitars for the occasion.

Source: George Benson Official Website

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116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
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Valet parking is available at the Ryman for most shows (excluding Opry at the Ryman) provided by Nissan.  To utilize the valet parking please enter the Ryman drive from Fifth Avenue and pull up the valet stand. Cost of parking is $20.00 per car. If you drive a Nissan, valet parking is free. Please note that the valet will be open until approximately one hour after the show ends.

There are also many paid parking lots and street meters in the area around the Ryman.  For further parking information please visit Park It! Downtown.

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