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Benny Golson, an NEA Jazz Master, Performed in Tulsa Friday Night

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[Aired Thursday, March 8th.] While growing up in Philadelphia, Benny Golson (born 1929) --- our guest today on StudioTulsa --- jammed and woodshedded with the likes of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Rodney. Later, he played alongside the great be-bop composer/pianist/arranger Tadd Dameron --- a major influence, and a mentor of sorts --- before doing stints with such notable bandleaders as Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Tulsa's own Earl Bostic. Named an NEA Jazz Master in 1995, Golson is without question a living legend of American music. Indeed, the saxophonist is the composer of several bona-fide jazz standards, among them "I Remember Clifford," "Stablemates," "Killer Joe," "Whisper Not," and "Along Came Betty." Golson also co-led (with trumpeter Art Farmer) the highly regarded combo known as The Jazztet from 1959 to 1962, and thereafter enjoyed a very successful career in Hollywood, doing studio and orchestral work on various films and TV shows for more than a decade. The Benny Golson Quartet will perform tomorrow night (Friday the 9th) at 8pm at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in downtown Tulsa. For more information, please see okjazz.org.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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