Whether you enjoy George Benson for his orignal tunes, such as “Breezin,” or his covers (“Here Comes the Sun,” and “On Broadway,” to name two), the ten-time Grammy winner is bringing his smooth jazz stylings to this year’s Jazz Fest. After his mega-success in the late 1970s, Benson continued to grow as an artist, doing solo projects and collaborating with Chet Atkins in the mid-1980s. He teamed up with jazz legend Al Jarreau in 2006, for the album Givin It Up. Benson’s latest release was in 2011, a CD titled Guitar Man, which is a collection of jazz and pop standards played as only a master guitarist can deliver.
WWOZ’s very-popular Mango Freeze (courtesy Addie K. Martin-culicurious.com)
A guitarist as smooth and cool as George Benson needs a smooth-and-cool pairing with a jazz flavor. WWOZ’s Mango Freeze fills that bill perfectly. This fruity, frozen concoction is a long-time favorite at the Fest, a great way to cool down and mellow out.