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Leo Green explores his father's legacy

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 30 July 2013

15 years after he died, Benny Green's son Leo celebrates his legacy with a selection of interviews and comment from the Radio 2 archive alongside some of Benny's favourite music.

An acclaimed saxophonist, Benny started his BBC career in 1955, and was on air right up until his death in 1998 at the age of 70.

His much-loved Radio 2 shows defined Sunday afternoons for several generations of listeners with their mixture of jazz and selections from the Great American Songbook.

Leo Green has followed in his father's footsteps and is himself a saxophonist who has worked extensively with the likes of Jools Holland and Jerry Lee Lewis to name but two. He is one of the driving forces behind London's annual BluesFest, highlights of which can be heard on Radio 2 this autumn.

Benny died on Monday June 22nd 1998, having missed his Radio 2 show from the preceding day. The script for that missing show has recently been unearthed by the Green family, and on August 6th Leo will be recreating it on Radio 2, using his father's words and selection of music.

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