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George Benson/Mango Freeze JazzFest

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.

Author of five books on the history of New Orleans, Edward Branley is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the University of New Orleans. Edward writes, teaches, and does speaking engagements on local history to groups in and around New Orleans. His urban fantasy novel, "Hidden Talents," is available online and in bookstores. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, @NOLAHistoryGuy.

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