City Slang: George Benson tribute to Nat King Cole

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has announced plans for a tribute to Nat King Cole by guitarist George Benson.

According to a statement, “Legendary jazz guitarist and R&B singer George Benson , accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), has a jazzy evening in store with “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” The performance, presented by Meadow Brook Music Festival as part of its Belle Tire Concert Series, will take place on Thursday June 27 at 8 p.m. at Meadow Brook located at 3554 Walton Blvd in Rochester Hills, Mich. This concert is sponsored by Audi.”

“At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both. However, he regards himself as an entertainer in the broadest sense of the word – a singer of songs, a spinner of tales.

“It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master says of the longevity of his career and the ten Grammy Awards that have punctuated it along the way. “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories. That’s what keeps the music fresh for me. That’s what keeps me coming back. If you come up with a great melody and put

the right lyrics to it, I’m immediately excited.”

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