Gil "Bop" Benson
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Gil "Bop" Benson

Irvington, New Jersey, United States | INDIE

Irvington, New Jersey, United States | INDIE
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MP3 SAMPLES and WMA SAMPLESfrom
Don't Worry'Bout Me
Cherokee
But Beautiful
Fools Rush In
I'M Confessin'
All My Tomorrows
Red Top
It's Only A Paper Moon
Jelly
Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today
I'll Be Seeing You

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New Jersey Native Gil "Bop" Benson started his musical journey at a very early age as a Bugler in a Boy Scout Drum and Bugle Corps. Gil attempted to play jazz with the Bugle so his Mom purchased a trumpet for him. Gil studied Trumpet with Medico Sykes in Paterson, NJ, and became a member of a 14 piece Big Band headed by Sykes. He later studied with Al Stern, a past lead Trumpeter in The Harry James Band.

Gil attended Howard University, Washington, D.C. majoring in Music Education; studied Brass instruments with Professor Mason. During this period Gil did local gigs in the D.C. area; and requently worked with musician Harold Vick.

Gil had to put the Trumpet aside due to work and family obligations during the late 1960's. Upon retiring from Public School Education in 1998, Gil returned to the jazz scene as a vocal stylist singing ballads, blues, and bop tunes. His vocal improvizational style was greatly influenced by jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Joe Carrol and Eddie Jefferson. Gil's Ballads are flavored by the great male vocalist's of the past, namely Arthur Prysock, Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman. Gil's music swing with the sounds of Charlie "Bird" Parker, Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie. The Jazz Masters voices were the ones that caught Gil's ear and helped to mold and develop his vocalise and scatting style. Gil is unafraid to make daring and challenging vocal changes that work. His style is like Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and Joe Williams in their prime years.

Gil “Bop” Benson is naturally warm, funny, and a superlative singer in command of himself and the stage. He performs a variety of styles including swing, blues, ballads, and jazz improvisations with exciting solos that are emotional, adventuresome and thoughtfully structured.

“Bop” as he is affectionately called is making waves in the jazz world by taking the music to even higher Vista's........ Jazz is America's Classical Art Form........ Keep the Legacy Alive!