George Benson 2014 UK tour

Guitarist George Benson tours the UK in June, playing a range of his hits in locations from Bournemouth to Glasgow

Guitarist, vocalist and jazz-pop crossover musician George Benson will tour the UK next summer from 19 to 26 June, with dates taking in the breadth of the country from Bournemouth to Glasgow and including a set at the Hampton Court Palace Festival.

Starting his musical career as "Little George Benson" on ukulele and guitar, he recorded his first single, She Makes Me Mad, at the age of 10 in 1953. As an adult he then recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, at 21, and featured on Miles Davis' Miles In The Sky in 1968. Benson's 1976 album Breezin' was the first ever jazz release to go platinum, and throughout the 70s and 80s he mixed jazz with pop, with the 1980 single Give Me The Night a hit in the top 10 charts.

More recently, Benson has returned to the jazz influences of his youth with a tribute album to Nat King Cole named Inspiration. It was released in June 2013 and featured Wynton Marsalis.

Benson's June 2014 tour will be a celebration of his back catalogue, with Benson performing a range of his hits such as Turn Your Love Around, Love X Love, Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes.

The tour will start at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 19 June, moving to Manchester Bridgewater Hall on 20 June, Birmingham Symphony Hall on 22 June, a spot at the Hampton Court Palace Festival on 23 June, the London Royal Albert Hall on 25 June, and finishing up at Bournemouth International Centre on 26 June.

All shows start at 7.30pm, with tickets ranging from £42.50 to £75. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 6 December and can be purchased from respective venues' websites.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photography by John Watson

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