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  Benny Carter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
When Carter was a youth, he lived in Harlem around the corner from Bubber Miley, Duke Ellington's star trumpeter.
Carter was admired for his ability to write saxophone soli, where the entire section plays as one unit.
Carter was a member of the music advisory panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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 washingtonpost.com: Legendary Sax Player Benny Carter Dies at 95
Benny Carter, 95, the saxophone dynamo who became a jazz icon during eight decades as a musician, songwriter, arranger and bandleader, died July 12 at a hospital in Los Angeles.
Carter tried the trumpet, but when he could not master it in a weekend decided to trade it for a C-melody saxophone, which he had been told was easier to play.
Carter, in Europe for an engagement, soon settled in England at the behest of Leonard Feather, the influential musician and jazz writer.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A53532-2003Jul14?language=printer   (1243 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Obituaries | Benny Carter
Carter's early years were spent in the San Juan Hill section of New York, a district known as "the jungles", and rough country for a youngster.
Carter was by now interested in the innovations of bebop pioneers like Dizzy Gillespie, and, in 1943, formed a big band in Los Angeles that included the young Miles Davis, drummer Max Roach and the bop trombonist JJ Johnson.
Carter is survived by his fifth wife, Hilma, whom he married in 1979, and a daughter.
www.guardian.co.uk /obituaries/story/0,3604,998194,00.html   (935 words)

 Benny Carter Biography
Benny Carter left the U.S. for Paris in 1935 to join the Willie Lewis band on trumpet and alto before moving to England at the urgings of Leonard Feather to take the aforementioned BBC arranging job.
Benny Carter visited Australia in 1960 with his own quartet, performed at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival with Dizzy Gillespie, and recorded with a Scandinavian band in Switzerland the same year.
Benny Carter was a gentle giant and can arguably considered one of the most influential jazzmen in history.
www.swingmusic.net /Benny_Carter.html   (2091 words)

 MTV.com - Benny Carter
As an altoist, arranger, composer, bandleader, and occasional trumpeter, Carter was at the top of his field since at least 1928, and in the late '90s, Carter was as strong an altoist at the age of 90 as he was in 1936 (when he was merely 28).
Benny Carter was a major figure in every decade of the 20th century since the 1920s, and his consistency and longevity were unprecedented.
In 1935, Benny Carter moved to Europe, where in London he was a staff arranger for the BBC dance orchestra (1936-1938); he also recorded in several European countries.
www.mtv.com /bands/az/carter_benny/bio.jhtml   (542 words)

 Smithsonian Jazz
Benny Carter was invited to perform in many European countries, where he was often greeted at train stations by swarms of excited fans.
Carter was a pioneer in leading European orchestras that combined the talents of both fl and white musicians.
Carter was hired not only to perform, but to also write the music for dozens of films and television programs, and to direct the studio recording orchestras.
www.smithsonianjazz.org /class/carter/bc_match.asp   (588 words)

 Benny Carter - Impulse! Records
Carter's recording debut came in 1928 as a member of Charlie Johnson's Orchestra, which was based in Harlem's Small's Paradise.
In 1978, Carter was a guest at the White House, where he led a group at President Jimmy Carter's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Carter was also saluted at the 1984 Kool Festival with a retrospective concert.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /artist.aspx?aid=2812   (1445 words)

 [Deathwatch] Benny Carter, jazz pioneer, 95
Carter, who was one of the first fl composers and arrangers to work on mainstream Hollywood films, including such classics as "Stormy Weather," had been hospitalized for about two weeks, complaining of bronchitis and fatigue, said family friend Virginia Wicks.
Carter applied the principles of the jazz solo to whole sections of the orchestra in a way that made them swing as they never had before, said Berger.
Carter was also a pioneer in breaking down color barriers for fl musicians and composers.
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 Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Benny Carter
Carter began jamming in Harlem nightclubs at the age of 15 and throughout the 1920s quickly established a hot reputation as a cool saxophonist in stints with the likes of Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Charlie Johnson, Cab Calloway, and then with his own band.
Carter resumed his regular nightclub appearances in the mid-'70s and in 1987, he once again fronted a big band--the American Jazz Orchestra--for tribute concerts of his own music at New York's Cooper Union and Lincoln Center.
Not the least among Carter's contributions to jazz is his generosity in sharing his knowledge with younger generations of musicians through seminars and workshops at universities throughout the country.
www.kennedy-center.org /calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entitY_id=3704&source_type=A   (599 words)

 Benny Carter Tribute
Although Carter has functioned in virtually every area of the music business--from songwriting to arranging to film scoring to small-ensemble jazz--some of his most attractive and best-known work was done for big-band instrumentation.
Carter is equally generous with praise in other areas, as when he describes his role in helping to bring sophisticated jazz sounds to Europe in the '30s.
Carter, sitting quietly, smilingly insists that he is "really not a good interview." But that's true only if one is seeking the sort of sensationalism that has often surrounded the jazz world rather than the soft-spoken insights that he has to offer.
www.melmartin.com /html_pages/bctrib.html   (2252 words)

 Benny Carter (1907-1003)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
While Benny Carter led his own orchestra from 1932-34, 1938-41 and then again from 1942-46 his band was not a great success commercially, probably due to the refinement of the music.
Though Benny Carter would go on to lead groups in various settings through the ‘90s, later hiring musicians who were more than 50 years his junior, he preferred to stay a creative force in the background.
Benny Carter retired from both recording and performing in 1998, 70 years after his first recording date with Charlie Johnson's Orchestra and five more since the time he first got onto a band stand in one of those Harlem night spots.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=691   (1626 words)

 USATODAY.com - Jazz master Benny Carter dies at 95   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jazz great Benny Carter, a master of melodic invention on the alto saxophone who also was a renowned composer, instrumentalist, orchestra leader and arranger, has died, friends said Sunday.
Carter was largely self-taught as a musician, playing both saxophone and trumpet before becoming a bandleader in the late 1920s.
Carter was a member of a generation of early jazz musicians responsible for changing public attitudes about the style, which grew out of blues and spiritual music and was largely performed by fl musicians, Jones said.
www.usatoday.com /life/2003-07-13-benny-carter-obit_x.htm   (429 words)

 FMS: Feature [Music Legend Benny Carter Dead at 95]
Benny Carter, a giant of jazz who also was a ground-breaking composer and arranger for film and television, died Saturday, July 12, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Carter wrote arrangements for several films, mostly at 20th Century-Fox, including the classic musical Stormy Weather (1943); composed key sequences in Panic in the Streets (1950); and made on-screen appearances in The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) and The View from Pompey's Head (1955).
Carter was the very first African American to achieve screen credit as a composer in TV, on a November 1958 episode of the Lee Marvin police drama M Squad.
www.filmmusicsociety.org /news_events/features/2003/071403.html   (699 words)

 American music collections
The Carter's were quite a musical family - - Benny's father played guitar, his mother played piano, and a cousin, Theodore ("Cuban") Bennett, played the trumpet professionally - - so it was no surprise that Benny also became a musician, beginning his musical training at the age of ten.
Benny Carter began his professional career around the young age of seventeen, when he joined a local group as an alto saxophonist.
Benny Carter is regarded as "one of the most versatile musicians of his time." As a musician, he made major contributions to several areas of jazz and, as an arranger, he helped to construct the big-band swing style.
americanhistory.si.edu /archives/d5757.htm   (1712 words)

 NPR : Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz: Benny Carter
Carter went to Paris in 1935 and spent nine months playing with Willie Lewis' orchestra before moving to London and signing on as staff arranger for the BBC.
Benny Carter has been Visiting Lecturer at Harvard and is a member of the Black Film Makers Hall of Fame.
In 1978, Carter was a guest of President Jimmy Carter at the White House, where he led a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival.
www.npr.org /programs/pianojazz/previousguests/spring2003/carter_b.html   (576 words)

 Benny Carter, 95, jazz musician, composer, arranger
LOS ANGELES--Jazz great Benny Carter, a master of melodic invention on the alto saxophone who also was a renowned composer, instrumentalist, orchestra leader and arranger, has died, friends said Sunday.
Carter expanded his duties to include composing and in 1932 put together his own orchestra, but the band struggled financially and disbanded in 1934.
Carter in the hospital that ''the king'' had simply decided it was time to go.
www.suntimes.com /output/obituaries/cst-nws-xcarter14.html   (655 words)

 JAZZ RHYTHM / Dave Radlauer - BENNY CARTER Genius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Benny Carter should be considered among the greatest jazz alto saxists of the swing era alongside Johnny Hodges.
Carter was in Europe during the years 1936-38, where he was a sensation, successfully appearing and recording to wide acclaim.
PARIS, 1935 -- Carter is toast of the town, jamming and recording with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.
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 E! Online News - Jazz Giant Benny Carter Dies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Jazz man extraordinaire Benny Carter, a big-band leader, multi-instrumentalist and one of the first fl composers to find success in Hollywood, died Saturday in Los Angeles, according to a notice on his Website.
Carter was one of the first to incorporate jazz solos within the confines of a big band, attracting top players to the burgeoning swing movement.
Carter was born in New York City on August 8, 1907, and by the age of 10, he was studying piano.
www.eonline.com /News/Items/Pf/0,1527,12148,00.html   (592 words)

 Benny Carter: Eight Decades in American Music
As Duke Ellington once wrote: "The problem of expressing the contributions that Benny Carter has made to popular music is so tremendous it completely fazes me, so extraordinary a musician is he." His accomplishments span eight decades as a professional musician-from the 1920s to the 1990s.
As a soloist, Carter, along with Johnny Hodges, was the model for swing era alto saxophonists.
This tribute to Benny Carter was prepared by Roberto Crespo, system administrator, and Tad Hershorn, archivist at Institute of Jazz Studies.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on In The Mood For Swing - Benny Carter at Epinions.com
Benny was not as smooth as Hodges (nobody has been) nor as creative as Parker (again, nobody has been) but Carter has taken from both masters and added his own style.
Carter wrote the next song in 1976 and he starts "The Courtship" with a gentle, melodic solo with a Latin beat behind him and Alden's guitar quietly soloing before Hanna again plays a powerful solo.
Carter comes in at a faster tempo and you just can't believe this guy is 80.
www.epinions.com /content_12522917508   (928 words)

 ASCAP Jazz: Benny Carter
ASCAP member Benny Carter, the award-winning composer, arranger, bandleader, solo artist, music educator and one of the world’s most respected jazz musicians, passed away on July 12, 2003, at age 95.
Benny studied piano with his mother, and taught himself how to play the saxophone at age 13.
Carter was the first Living Legend to be inducted into ASCAP’s Jazz Wall of Fame, which was inaugurated in 1997.
www.ascap.com /jazz/bennycarter.html   (530 words)

 Benny Carter, 95, Jazz Musician and Arranger, Dies
Benny Carter's career was remarkable for both its length and its consistently high musical achievement, from his first recordings in the 1920's to his youthful-sounding improvisations in the 1990's.
Carter was only 54, the critic Whitney Balliett wrote in The New Yorker that "few of his contemporaries continue to play or arrange or compose as well as he does, and none of them plays as many instruments and arranges and composes with such aplomb."
Carter was not widely known to the jazz public until his emergence, in his 70's, as an acclaimed elder statesman.
www.nytimes.com /2003/07/14/obituaries/14CART.html?ex=1373515200&en=8a94b38d9d3f4390&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND   (817 words)

 Benny Carter, legendary sax player, composer and arranger   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Jazz great Benny Carter, a master of melodic invention on the alto saxophone who also was a renowned composer, instrumentalist, orchestra leader and arranger, has died, friends said Sunday.
While Carter continued to arrange and compose music, he stopped touring in the 1950s and 1960s and began to fade in the jazz scene.
Carter was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and the congressional designation as a National Treasure of Jazz in 1988.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/07/13/obituary2053EDT0548.DTL&type=printable   (906 words)

 Jazz Great Benny Carter Dead At 95   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Born in 1907 in New York, Carter studied piano with his mother and was inspired by his neighbor, Bubber Miley, a musician with Duke Ellington's band.
Carter applied the principles of the jazz solo to whole sections of the orchestra in a way that made them swing as they never had before, according to biographer Ed Berger.
Carter is survived by his wife, Hilma, a daughter, Joyce Mills, a grandchild and a great grandchild, said Wicks.
www.billboard.com /bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1933212   (535 words)

 Jane's Addictions: Art & Artists: Benny Carter
Benny Carter was born November 29, 1943, and still lives in Mayodan, North Carolina.
Benny began painting in 1991 after he was laid off from a copper mill in Pine Hall North Carolina, saying now that "I make art because I just have to." He paints in extraordinary detail and creates colorful, satirical sculptures, massive birdhouses and clocks.
Benny originally painted scenes of rural North Carolina in a primitive style.
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 NEA Jazz Masters BennyCarter
One of the last survivors of the swing era, Benny Carter has made memorable impressions as a great instrumentalist, improviser, and bandleader with a highly influential style particularly on the alto sax.
Young Benny’s first teacher was his mother, and though he took lessons from neighborhood people of her acquaintance, he is largely self-taught.
In 1934 Benny dissolved his band and in ‘35 he migrated to Europe, where he served as a staff arranger for the BBC orchestra in London from 1936-1938.
www.iaje.org /bio.asp?ArtistID=47   (424 words)

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