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Weekend In London

This doesn’t happen very often! But in 2019, the legendary George Benson performed in an intimate setting for a very lucky 250 guests.  This memorable night was recorded for posterity at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club which recently celebrated its 60th year in London's Soho.  Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis and Buddy Rich are just some of the many talented artists who have performed at this classic basement venue.  Benson hadn’t played at Ronnie’s since 1974 during his CTI Record days - but just four years later, having signed a new deal with Warner Brothers, he would release the double live album, 'Weekend In L.A.' following the massive success of ‘Breezin’.  George’s bass player for the last 40 years, Stanley Banks, is among the six musicians on this career retrospective with all the hits  and even some deep cuts like 'Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You', 'Moody's Mood', 'Never Give Up On A Good Thing’ and the instrumental finale 'Cruise Control’ (a Wave favourite) taken off 1998’s Standing Together.  But the audience came for the hits and he delivered right from the top, including 'Give Me The Night', 'Turn Your Love Around' and 'In Your Eyes'.  But he’s always done covers - that’s how it was in the early days - make a name for yourself by playing fan favourites.  For this special performance he did 'Feel Like Making’ Love', 'The Ghetto', 'Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight', 'I Hear You Knocking' and L.T.D.’s 1976 hit, 'Love Ballad’.  The setlist is extraordinary.  But how does he know what to play after all these years?  He said to Newsweek last year….”when I get out in front of the audience, I take in the vibe from the room, once I get off the ground, I do something that makes them get up and makes them glad they came that night. Some people think we're tired of playing [the songs], but we're not. Those are the things that make us who we are. So somewhere during the night, the very songs they came to hear they'll probably get to hear before the show is over.  We try to mix it [up]," he continues. "I think variety is the spice of life, so I keep variety going on in my show.”   

It was another weekend to remember and a show for the ages.

Gary James

Night Show Host

7pm to Midnight EST

The Wave 94.7 FM HD2 / 95.9 FM HD2 

Toronto/GTA

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