On June 4, 2013.

On June 4, 2013, “Concord Jazz” label released “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole”, the 36 George Benson studio album. It was recorded in 2013, and was produced by John Burk.

Personnel:

  • George Benson- vocals, guitar
  • Lil’ Georgie Benson- vocals, ukulele
  • Randy Waldman- piano
  • Tim May – guitar
  • Michael O’Neill- baritone guitar, banjo
  • Chuck Berghofer- bass
  • Gregg Field – drums
  • Michael Fisher – percussion
  • Sheila E.- percussion
  • Janey Clewer, Alvin Chea, Don Chelton – background vocals
  • Chris Papastephanou, Randy Waldman- background vocals
  • Wynton Marsalis– trumpet
  • Idina Menzel– vocals
  • Till Brönner– trumpet
  • Judith Hill- vocals

Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra:

  • Trumpets – Ryan Chapman, Chris Burbank, Gilbert Paz, Jared Hall
  • Trombones – Chris Gagne, Kendall Moore, Stephen Szabadi, Major Bailey
  • Alto saxophones – Neil Carson, Kevin McKeown
  • Tenor saxophones – Mark Small, Alex Weitz
  • Baritone saxophone – Derek Smith
  • Flute – Cassandra Eisenreich
  • French horn – Jon Anderson
  • Violin – Steffen Zeichner (Concertmaster & Soloist), Abby Young, Adam Diderrich, Karin O’Keefe, Zack Piper, Michelle Godbee, Patricia Jancova, Tomas Cotik, Victor Colmenares, James Reynolds, Jonah Osawa, * Rob Patrignani, Arianne Urban, Michelle Mlacker, Katrina Schaeffer
  • Viola – Robyn Savitzky, Kathryn Severing, Marcela Fernandez, Lauren Miller
  • Cello – Joy Adams, Cecilia Huerta, Andrew Kromholz, Chia-Li Yu, Sarah Gongaware
  • Bass – Rachel Hershey, Jeff Kipperman, Yen-Ling Lin
  • Harp – Christina Hardister
  • Dean – Shelton Berg
  • Artistic director – Terence Blanchard
  • Artistic coordinator – Scott Flavin
  • Managing director – Stephen Guerra

Track listing:

  1. Mona Lisa – (as Lil’ Georgie Benson)
  2. Just One of Those Things – Cole Porter
  3. Unforgettable – Irving Gordon
  4. Walkin’ My Baby – Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert
  5. When I Fall in Love – Victor Young, Edward Heyman
  6. Route 66 – Bobby Troup
  7. Nature Boy – Eden Ahbez
  8. Ballerina – Carl Sigman, Bob Russell
  9. Smile – Charlie Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons
  10. Straighten Up and Fly Right – Nat King Cole, Irving Mills
  11. Too Young – Sidney Lippman, Sylvia Dee
  12. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter – Joe Young, Fred E. Ahlert
  13. Mona Lisa – Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
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