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Benjamin Edward Golbin

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Benjamin Edward Golbin Obituary
January 8, 1980 - January 15, 2016 Contemporary, internationally recognized saxophonist best known for his versatile jazz abilities, Benjamin, "Benny" Golbin died on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the age of 36. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended the Music Academy at Hamilton High School, and began his professional career at the age of 17 when he was signed by a national record label for an alternative rock band. He graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Performance from Cal State Northridge, then earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At the age of 20, Benny traveled to the Czech Republic and recorded An American In Prague, his first collaborative jazz album with jazz pianist, Emil Viklicky� which was followed two years later by A Summers End. Both of these albums continue to receive airplay throughout the world. In 2009, Benny released his first solo jazz album under his own label, Golden Bend Productions, entitled Significantly Strange. This album included 5 original compositions and 3 covers, including a re-harmonized arrangement of Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams. In 2012, he released his first seasonal success, Chillin' For The Holidays. Benny was also the lead saxophonist and arranger for Western Standard Time, the world's premier Jamaican Jazz Band and regularly performed with Pretzel Logic - A Steely Dan Revue. In addition to his recording work, Benny loved teaching as well as working as a freelance musician and arranger, performing with big names such as Nell Carter and Debbie Reynolds. He recently returned from his annual visit to Thailand, the home of his wife, Anchesa, where he taught jazz workshops and often performed with Koh Mr. Saxman and several other outstanding artists in the region. At his untimely death, Benny was producing his fifth album, blending the elements of Jazz, R&B, and Soul into one. Benny touched and inspired many near and far. Aside from his music career, Benny loved cooking, roller coasters, and most of all, his family. He made a priority of seeing his niece and nephew weekly and was forever giving of himself. He was a brilliant sweet soul, whose life was well lived; full of simplicity, joy, and generosity taken before its rightful time. His life embodied what he loved most; his American and Thai families, and performing and sharing his music. He is survived by his loving wife Anchesa Bunyasai, "O", parents Sheri and Stuart Kessel and Joel and Susan Rose Golbin, his sister Carli Golbin Nemany, his brother in law, Israel "Steve" Nemany, and his niece and nephew, Eliora, age 5, and Nathaniel Nemany, age 2. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 at 11 am at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90045. In lieu of flowers, the family will be making arrangements for donations to The Benny Golbin Foundation, 13351 Riverside Drive #659, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 20, 2016
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