Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits Golson, who recorded his first album as a bandleader 55 years ago, is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in the jazz canon. Watch the tenor-sax legend perform at KPLU in Seattle.

Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits

Tenor saxophonist and composer Benny Golson is now in his second half-century as a touring and recording jazz artist. He began performing almost 60 years ago and recorded his first LP as a bandleader 55 years ago, but remains as sharp and lively as ever.

Golson's visit to the KPLU studio was marked by his wonderfully humorous storytelling, which he wove around performances of three of his best-loved compositions: "Along Came Betty," "Whisper Not" and "Killer Joe." Here, he's accompanied by pianist Sharp Radway and drummer Jason Marsalis.

Set List

All compositions by Benny Golson.

  • "Along Came Betty"
  • "Killer Joe"
  • "Whisper Not"


  • Benny Golson, tenor saxophone
  • Sharp Radway, piano
  • Jason Marsalis, drums


Abe Beeson, host; Justin Steyer, videographer and editor.