Jazz Ensemble

Williams Jazz Ensemble
Featuring Tenor Sax Legend Benny Golson


The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Jazz Ensemble, featuring saxophonist Benny Golson performing with the ensemble directed by Kris Allen on Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Jazz Ensemble gives its major spring concert under the direction of Kris Allen presenting an exciting evening on the stage of Chapin Hall. Once again, the college’s premier large jazz ensemble has invited a special artist whose talent offers something to please both jazz aficionado and layman. Jazz legend Benny Golson will be the featured guest soloist, joining the WJE in a program of his own classic compositions, newly arranged by the composer himself for 18-piece big band.

About Benny Golson
For more than 60 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career. He is a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer – and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term “jazz.” Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates, Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real?

Benny Golson has recorded over 30 albums for many recording companies in the United States and Europe under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious composer, Golson has written well over 300 works. This humble musical giant continues to impress critics, fans and fellow musicians with his prodigious contributions to the world of jazz.