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This is an article about George Benson, Jazz musician. For the British politician of the same name, see George Benson (politician).
George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American jazz guitarist, singer and composer.
George Benson was born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George Benson started out playing straight-ahead instrumental jazz with organist Jack McDuff?. Benson got his first experience playing with his several-year stint with McDuff?'s group. At the age of 21, Benson recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, with Brother Jack McDuff? on organ.
Benson's next recording was It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet with Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax. This album showcases Benson's talent in constructing swinging bebop lines at blistering tempos. Benson followed it up with "The George Benson Cookbook," also with Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber.