George Franklin Benson Jr.

Detroit, Michigan

Age 90


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George Franklin Benson Jr.Detroit - George Franklin Benson Jr., Detroit's jazz saxophone legend, passed away on March 9, 2019 at the age of 90. George has a stellar reputation as a masterful alto and tenor saxophonist, as well as music educator. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in...

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I met George in 1953 when I was assigned to the 264th Army Band in Schofield Barracks on Oahu. We spent many hours playing and between gigs talking about our state, our cities and our schools for the 18 months of our time together. We met again on the web and spent the last many years contacting on Facebook as we talked about our families and physical woes. Now that he has taken the lead into our after-life, I will be looking for him when I go. Be patient, old friend.

I met George through Miriam Wright, a 102 year old lady that passed away in December. She knew and loved George, having gotten to know him over her years as a pianist and jazz lover. I would drive her to many of the jazz perfomances over the years and she would always seek out some of her dear friends. When George was ill, she made sure to have me help her a get well card for him. Even in her last few months, she would ask me if I had read anything about how he was doing. The last...

George playing at the Southfield Civic Center 2015

George with friend & pianist Miriam Wright (99 yrs) taken in 2015

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your family be surrounded by much love and comfort.
Psalms 71:21

In memory of a great musician and great man, George Benson. With sympathy to his family.

Hugh Leal

I love you, papa ❤

Not only was George an absolutely great musician, but he was also an absolutely great human being who was always cheerful and friendly. I feel so blessed that I knew George, and was able to perform with him. About a year ago, I had gone to the Top Dog to see him, and he was just wonderful. He sang, which I had never heard him do before, and the crowd loved it and begged for more. He was a man filled with love. God Bless.

Dear Kim, Mike, and Kaylani,
I am honored that I had the chance to meet George. When he played, I would forget to breathe and would feel so sad when the music ended. He was a gift to us all.
Fred and I are not only sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather but also sorry that his music stopped. We didn't get to hear enough .