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Lots of places nearby Segerstrom Center to eat, from pricey to moderate. We ate at Thasos, a moderately priced Greek restaurant, in the Bed, Bath and Beyond shopping center diagonal to Segerstrom Center. Pretty good food, and can leave your car there to save $10 parking fee. Also Japanese, Indian, Cuban or specialty Hamburger restaurants in the same center.
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4.7 average rating
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4 reviews
1 stars
attended May 30 2009

I would give this show a "4," except for the omission of an encore by Mr. Benson! He was in great voice, played the guitar wonderfully and interpreted Mr. Cole's music in an exacting way that no other artist could match. Despite a loud standing...continued

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5 reviews
7 stars
attended May 30 2009

The Concert was fantastic, George Benson always puts on a great show and is a fantastic entertainer. The show had just the right mixture of Nat King Cole tribute and Bensons own hits.

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23 reviews
8 stars
attended May 30 2009

the event was great, but for the price we paid for our seats;the seats weren't very good. We could have bought them the day of the show and have better seats for the amount we paid. This is the first time in 4 years that we didn't get good seats.

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Appreciated as both a musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has consistently placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he’s earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music’s most enterprising and engaging stars.

Few might have predicted that striking level of stardom some forty years ago, when Benson was a fledgling guitarist working the corner pubs of his native Pittsburgh. It was Wes Montgomery, one of jazz’s most creative players, who came across Benson early on. Montgomery had called one of his best records Boss Guitar and Benson had both the conviction and chops to nip at his hero’s heels. In the early 1960s, Benson apprenticed with jazz organist Brother Jack McDuff and released The New Boss Guitar in 1964. By the time legendary talent scout John Hammond signed Benson to Columbia, the guitarist’s name was bubbling throughout the industry. In the late ’60s, he sat in on Miles Davis sessions, and also put a personal spin on the tunes from the Beatles’ Abbey Road.

In the ‘70s, Benson was united with many of jazz’s finest instrumentalists, including Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter and Freddie Hubbard, and in 1976 with Warner Bros. Records, he recorded Breezin’, the first jazz record to attain platinum sales. He followed up with many pop hits, including a sultry version of “On Broadway” and the irresistible “Give Me the Night,” which thrilled many a dancer. During this time, Benson also concentrated on developing his vocal talents. He was now a superstar.

Throughout the 1980s, Warner Bros. and Tony LiPuma followed their smash success with several terrific Benson records. Individually, they blended grooves and guitar work, proving that R&B was a natural part of Benson’s profile. Collectively, they cemented his global renown.

In 2007, Benson was awarded two Grammys for the Givin’ It Up album he co-recorded with music legend Al Jarreau. These days, the guitarist’s interests are many. He’s often spotted out at Manhattan jazz clubs, checking the action of fledgling guitarists. All told, Benson has won 10 Grammys, recorded over 30 albums and performed around the world, thrilling many crowds with his playing.