Full Name: Bennett Lester Carter

Description: Saxophonist, Arranger, USA

Known For: Carter was named “Jazz Artist of the Year” in both the Down Beat.

Instruments: Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet

Music Styles: Easy Listening, Jazz

Location: CA, United States of America

Date Born: 8th August 1907
Location Born: New York City, New York, United States of America

Date Died: 12th July 2003
Location Died: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Complications of Bronchitis

Memorial: Carter passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

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Benny Carter, Saxophonist

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 recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King coined by Ben Webster.

In 1958, performed with Billie Holiday at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival.

The National Endowment for the Arts honored Benny Carter with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award for 1986.

He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, winner of the Grammy Award in 1994 for his solo “Prelude to a Kiss”, and also the same year, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2000 awarded the National Endowment for the Arts, National Medal of Arts, presented by President Bill Clinton.

Inspired by Frankie Trubauer,Carter was playing at the age of 15 in night clubs.

His ability to also double on trumpet and also an accomplished Clarinetist.

He composed songs such as “When The Lights Are Low” – “Blues In My Heart”.

In Hollywood, he wrote arrangements for such artists as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Pearl Bailey, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Slack and Mel Torme. In 1945, trumpeter Miles Davis made his first recordings with Carter as sideman on album Benny Carter and His Orchestra, etc.

Benny Carter visited Australia in 1960 with his own quartet, performed at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival.

In the late summer of 1989 the Classical Jazz series of concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center celebrated Carter’s 82nd birthday with a set of his songs, sung by Ernestine Anderson and Sylvia Syms.

Carter passed away in Los Angeles, California at Cedars-Sinai Hospital July 12, 2003 from complications of bronchitis at the age of 95.