George Benson in Manila
Guitarist-singer performs with Patti Austin at Smart Araneta September 5

POP-JAZZ SUPERSTAR. Benson at the Manila airport. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

MANILA, Philippines – Grammy-winning jazz guitarist and singer George Benson arrived in Manila Wednesday night, September 4, for a concert with fellow pop-jazz superstar Patti Austin at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 5.

Benson was a renowned jazz guitarist in the Sixties before he branched out to singing and became a pop-jazz superstar, beginning in the Seventies.

His many hits include “Breezin,’” “Give Me the Night,” “Lady Love Me (One More Time),” and the hit remakes of the R&B classic “On Broadway” and Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade.”

Here’s a track of ‘Give Me the Night’:

Like her fellow Grammy awardee Benson, Patti Austin remains a popular attraction among Manila’s music audiences.  Not a few of her albums, particularly for the highly regarded jazz division of the CBS label, are now considered classics in the catalogue of jazz and popular music.

The versatile singer has endeavored other genres, including Brazilian music. Among her hits are “Say You Love Me,” “Razzamatazz” (with Quincy Jones), and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” –

Here’s Patti Austin live at Beverly Hills with ‘If I Believe’:

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