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Encyclopedia > Benny Carter
Benny Carter

Background information
Birth name Bennett Lester Carter
Born August 8, 1907(1907-08-08)
Origin Flag of United States Harlem, New York
Died July 12, 2003 (aged 95)
Genre(s) Swing
Big band music
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, musical arranger
Instrument(s) saxophone, trumpet

Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognised as such by other jazz musicians who called him King. Carter was admired for his ability to write saxophone solos, which are sections of music that the entire section plays as one unit in the manner of a solo. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1996. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. ... A big band, also known as a jazz orchestra, is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music, especially Swing. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In music, an arrangement loosely describes rewriting a piece of pre-existing music for a specific set of instruments or voices, often in harmony or with additional original material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A saxophonist is a musician who plays the saxophone. ... A clarinetist (also spelled clarinettist) is a musician who plays the clarinet. ... A trumpeter may be one of several things: A trumpeter is a musician who plays the trumpet. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ...


Early career

As a youth, Carter lived in Harlem around the corner from Bubber Miley who was Duke Ellington's star trumpeter. Carter was inspired by Miley and bought a trumpet, but when he found he couldn't play like Miley he traded the trumpet in for a saxophone. This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... James Bubber Miley (April 3, 1903 - May 20, 1932) was an early jazz trumpeter, specializing in the use of the plunger mute. ... Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899–May 24, 1974) was an American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. ...


Carter began playing professionally at 15. He first recorded in 1928 and formed his first big band the following year. He played with Fletcher Henderson in 1930 and 1931, becoming his chief arranger in this time, then briefly led McKinney's Cotton Pickers before returning to lead hhe was so stupidis own band in 1932. The few recordings his band made between 1933 and 1934 are considered by most jazz scholars to be milestones in early swing arranging. They were sophisticated and very complex arrangements, and a number of them became swing standards which were performed by other bands ("Blue Lou" is a great example of this). He also arranged for Duke Ellington during these years. By the early 1930s he and Johnny Hodges were considered the leading alto players of the day. Carter also quickly became a leading trumpet soloist, having rediscovered the instrument. He recorded extensively on trumpet in the 1930s. Also, in 1933, Carter took part in an amazing series of sessions that featured the British band leader Spike Hughes, who came to New York specifically to organize a series of recordings featuring the best Black musicians available. These 14 sides were only issued in England at the time, though they are available on CD and are worthwhile looking for. (The musicians were mainly made up from member of Carter's band and from Luis Russell's.) Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... McKinneys Cotton Pickers were an United States jazz band founded in 1926 by William McKinney, who expanded his Synco Septet to ten pieces. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899–May 24, 1974) was an American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Johnny Hodges in concert, Feb. ... Patrick Spike Hughes (1908-1987) was a British jazz musician, composer and music journalist. ... Luis Russell (6 August 1902 - 11 December 1963) was a jazz pianist and bandleader . ...


In 1935 he moved to Europe, where he became staff arranger for the British Broadcasting Corporation dance orchestra and made several records. He wrote two hits, "Blues in My Heart" and "When Lights are Low." He returned to the United States in 1938 and led a big band and sextet before moving to Los Angeles in 1943 to write for movie studios. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Later career

His biggest hit was "Cow Cow Boogie", a song he co-wrote with Don Raye and Gene DePaul, which was a hit for Ella Mae Morse in 1942. Don Raye (March 16, 1909 - January 29, 1985) was an American Vaudevillian and songwriter, best known for his songs for the Andrews Sisters such as Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. ... Gene de Paul (June 17, 1919 - February 27, 1988) was an American pianist, composer and songwriter. ... Ella Mae Morse (September 12, 1924 – October 16, 1999) was an American popular singer. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ...


In the 1940s and 1950s, Carter was one of the first black men to compose music for films. He was an inspiration and a mentor for Quincy Jones when Jones began writing for television and films in the 1960s. Also in the 1940s, Carter's successful legal battles in order to obtain housing in then-exclusive neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area made him a pioneer in an entirely different area. Quincy Delight Jones Jr. ...


Trumpeter Miles Davis made some of his first recordings with Carter, and considered him a close friend and mentor. Miles Dewey Davis III (26 May 1926 – 28 September 1991) was one of the most influential musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ...


He also appears uncredited in the 1952 film, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, as a sax player. The Snows of Kilimanjaro is the name of both a collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway and the premier story within the collection. ...


Carter was a member of the music advisory panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also a member of the Black Film Makers' Hall of Fame and in 1980 received the Golden Score award of the American Society of Music Arrangers. Carter was also a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1996 and received honorary doctorates from Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and the New England Conservatory. The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Rutgers University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is located in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden and Newark, New Jersey. ... The Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performing in Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music. ...


In 1987, Carter was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and...


One of the most remarkable things about Benny Carter's career was its length. Having started a career in music before music was even recorded electrically, Carter remained a masterful musician, arranger and composer until he retired from performing in 1997. Carter passed away from complications of bronchitis at the age of 95.


External links

  • Benny Carter — brief biography by Scott Yanow for All Music Guide
  • Benny Carter's Music - Past Perfect
  • Discography
  • Benny Carter's entry in Jazz Improv magazine
  • Norman Granz introduces Coleman Hawkins on tenor and Benny Carter on alto - Jazz At The Philharmonic for the London BBC
  • Carter biography on swingmusic.net

  Results from FactBites:
 
Benny Carter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (485 words)
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.
washingtonpost.com: Legendary Sax Player Benny Carter Dies at 95 (1243 words)
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.
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