This jazzman from Pittsburgh played the Festival for the first time in 1986. The room was crowded, the audience euphoric. Benson is a virtuoso guitarist who seduced the public with his incomparable sense of groove and his smooth voice. Five years later, he had an amazing moment at the Stravinski: alongside Ray Charles, he seductively purred the lyrics of a Chaka Khan solo. It was magical. He’s known for the inescapable “Give Me The Night”, produced by Quincy Jones. Benson has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards. He is – first and foremost – a legend, with his combinations of jazz pop and soul. George Benson was last at the Festival in 2015 and he’ll be back this year getting people dancing. He won’t miss the opportunity to pay tribute to his friend, singer Al Jarreau, with whom he performed at the Festival several times.