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Benny Carter

Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. With Johnny Hodges, he was a pioneer on the alto saxophone. From the beginning of his career in the 1920s he was a popular arranger, having written charts for Fletcher Henderson's big band that shaped the swing style. He had an unusually long career that lasted into the 1990s. During the 1980s and '90s, he was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, which included receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 8th, 1907 (Harlem), Died July 12th, 2003 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, arranger, clarinet, trumpet, composer, director, leader, songwriter, vocalist, tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-38115 10-in. 2/25/1927 Paradise wobble Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten ; Monette Moore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38116 10-in. 2/25/1927 Birmingham black bottom Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten ; Monette Moore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38117 10-in. 2/25/1927 Don't you leave me here Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten ; Monette Moore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57064 10-in. 11/5/1929 Plain dirt McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57065 10-in. 11/5/1929 Gee, ain't I good to you McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57066 10-in. 11/6/1929 I'd love it McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57067 10-in. 11/6/1929 The way I feel today McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57068 10-in. 11/6/1929 Miss Hannah McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57139 10-in. 11/7/1929 Peggy McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57140 10-in. 11/7/1929 Wherever there's a will, baby McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Don Redman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-63195 10-in. 11/5/1930 I want your love McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Dave Wilborn Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-63196 10-in. 11/5/1930 Hello McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Dave Wilborn Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-64605 10-in. 11/3/1930 Talk to me McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Don Redman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-64606 10-in. 11/3/1930 Rocky road McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Don Redman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-64607 10-in. 11/4/1930 Laughing at life McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-64608 10-in. 11/4/1930 Never swat a fly McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-64609 10-in. 11/5/1930 After all, you're all I'm after George Bias ; McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-64610 10-in. 11/5/1930 I miss a little miss George Bias ; McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BRC-68300 10-in. 9/8/1931 Do you believe in love at first sight? McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BRC-70237 10-in. 9/16/1931 Blues in my heart Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter, composer  
Victor BVE-70495 10-in. 9/8/1931 Wrap up your troubles in dreams McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-70529 10-in. 9/23/1931 Blues in my heart Washboard Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73772 10-in. 10/5/1932 Hot toddy King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BS-73773 10-in. 10/5/1932 Jazz cocktail King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BS-73774 10-in. 10/5/1932 Black jazz King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-78188 10-in. 10/13/1933 Everybody shuffle Joe Venuti and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-019444 10-in. 7/25/1938 Symphony in riffs Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-024065 10-in. 7/21/1938 I'm in the mood for swing Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-024473 10-in. 8/8/1938 Blue interlude Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-034689 10-in. 5/22/1939 A home in the clouds Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-036575 10-in. 5/1/1939 A home in the clouds Three Reasons ; Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-038050 10-in. 8/24/1939 Melancholy lullaby Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Nan Wynn Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-041406 10-in. 9/11/1939 When lights are low Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-042662 10-in. 9/11/1939 Melancholy lullaby Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-042717 10-in. 9/22/1939 Baby, what else can I do Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-042718 10-in. 9/22/1939 I just got a letter Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-046156 10-in. 1/3/1940 When day is done Coleman Hawkins' All-Star Octet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-046159 10-in. 1/3/1940 Bouncing with Bean Coleman Hawkins' All-Star Octet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-057656 10-in. 11/19/1940 All of me Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-057657 10-in. 11/19/1940 The very thought of you Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, leader  
Victor BS-057658 10-in. 11/19/1940 Cocktails for two Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-057659 10-in. 11/19/1940 Takin' my time Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Victor BS-060331 10-in. 1/16/1941 Bugle call rag Metronome All Star Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-060332 10-in. 1/16/1941 One o'clock jump Metronome All Star Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-071783 10-in. 2/9/1942 These foolish things remind me of you Benny Carter ; Mark Warnow Orchestra ; Barry Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and saxophone solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W145534 10-in. 1/17/1928 Nobody knows (How much I love you) Johnny Thompson Male vocal solo, with violin,cello, and piano composer  
Columbia [W]151455 10-in. 3/23/1931 I'm left with the blues in my heart King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151823 10-in. 12/31/1930 Bugle call rag Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W151847 10-in. 10/15/1931 Blues in my heart Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W265156 10-in. 10/10/1933 Blue interlude Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W265157 10-in. 10/3/1933 I never knew-1 Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, trumpet, alto saxophone  
Columbia W265158 10-in. 10/10/1933 Once upon a time-1 Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, trumpet, alto saxophone  
Columbia W265159 10-in. 10/3/1933 Krazy kapers Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
OKeh W402966 10-in. 9/18/1929 Six or seven times The Little Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
OKeh W404566 10-in. 12/4/1930 Goodbye blues Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
OKeh W404596 10-in. 12/30/1930 Cloudy skies Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
OKeh W404597 10-in. 12/30/1930 Got another sweetie now Chocolate Dandies ; Jimmy Harrison Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
OKeh W404598 10-in. 12/30/1930 Bugle call rag Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, arranger  
OKeh W404599 10-in. 12/30/1930 Dee blues Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gramophone 0SW4 10-in. 3/7/1938 I'm coming Virginia Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, director  
Gramophone 0SW6 10-in. 3/7/1938 Blue light blues Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Gramophone 0LA1742 10-in. 4/28/1937 Honeysuckle rose Coleman Hawkins All-Star Jam Band Jazz/dance band arranger  
Gramophone 0B2188 10-in. 2/12/1932 Blues in my heart New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Decca 38598 10-in. 9/11/1934 Limehouse blues-1, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra arranger  
Decca 38601 10-in. 9/11/1934 Happy as the day is long-3, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra arranger  
Decca 38723 10-in. 9/25/1934 Wild party-1, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 38724 10-in. 9/25/1934 Rug cutter's swing-1, 2, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 38725 10-in. 9/25/1934 Hotter than 'ell-1, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 38728 10-in. 9/25/1934 Liza-1, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39217 10-in. 1/2/1935 It's unbelievable Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39218 10-in. 1/2/1935 Whisper sweet Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39219 10-in. 1/2/1935 Throwin' stones at the sun Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39220 10-in. 1/2/1935 You fit into the picture Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39387 10-in. 2/25/1935 The ghost of Dinah Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39388 10-in. 2/25/1935 Pardon my love Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39390 10-in. 3/4/1935 Stay out of love Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39391 10-in. 3/4/1935 I' ll never change Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39392 10-in. 3/4/1935 Where were you on the night of June the third? Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39393 10-in. 3/4/1935 (Looks like I'm) Breakin' the ice Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39518 10-in. 5/7/1935 Corinne Corinna Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39519 10-in. 5/7/1935 Ev'ry day Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39520 10-in. 5/7/1935 A porter's love song Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 39521 10-in. 5/7/1935 I can't dance Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 64767 10-in. 11/22/1938 I feel like lying in another woman's husband's arms Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64768 10-in. 11/22/1938 Give me some money Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64769 10-in. 11/22/1938 I got ways like the devil Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64770 10-in. 11/22/1938 That made him mad Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64909 1/20/1939 You must have been a beautiful baby Nat Gonella instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 64910 1/20/1939 Just a kid named Joe Nat Gonella instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 64911 1/20/1939 Jeepers creepers Nat Gonella instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 64912 1/20/1939 I must see Annie tonight Nat Gonella instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65437 10-in. 4/20/1939 Twelve bar stampede Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65438 10-in. 4/20/1939 Feather bed lament Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65439 10-in. 4/20/1939 Men of Harlem (Tempo di jump) Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65440 10-in. 4/20/1939 Ocean motion Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 67781 10-in. 5/20/1940 Night hop Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, clarinet, leader  
Decca 67782 10-in. 5/20/1940 Pom pom Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, clarinet, leader  
Decca 67783 10-in. 5/20/1940 O.K. for baby (Okay for baby CD MCA-GRP 2629-2/2) Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, clarinet, leader  
Decca 67784 10-in. 5/20/1940 Serenade to a sarong Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, clarinet, leader  
Decca 68284 10-in. 10/23/1940 By the watermelon vine, Lindy Lou Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68285 10-in. 10/23/1940 The last kiss you gave me Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68286 10-in. 10/23/1940 Boogie woogie sugar blues Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68287 10-in. 10/23/1940 I've been in love before Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 102955 7/23/1957 Star dust The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 102956 7/23/1957 Stormy weather The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 103166 8/27/1957 Cherry The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 103172 8/27/1957 Honeysuckle rose The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8660 9/8/1955 Only you Louis Armstrong arranger, leader  
Decca L 8661 9/8/1955 Christmas in New Orleans Louis Armstrong arranger, leader  
Decca L 8662 9/8/1955 Moments to remember Louis Armstrong arranger, leader  
Decca L 8663 9/8/1955 Christmas night in Harlem Louis Armstrong arranger, leader  
Decca L 14785 1/4/1968 I was made to love her (the way I love you) Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14786 1/3/1968 Respect Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14787 1/4/1968 I never loved a woman (The way I love you) Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14788 1/3/1968 Chain gang Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14789 1/3/1968 Uptight (Everything's alright) Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14790 1/3/1968 Ode to Billy Joe Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14791 1/3/1968 My girl Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14792 1/3/1968 For your precious love Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14793 1/3/1968 (I can't get no) Satisfaction Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14794 1/4/1968 In the midnight hour Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14795 1/4/1968 Funky Broadway Count Basie arranger  
Decca L 14796 1/4/1968 Even when you cry Count Basie arranger  
Decca SRC 655 10-in. 1947 Malaguena Anita O'Day instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca SRC 656 10-in. 1947 I told ya I love ya, now get out Anita O'Day instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca SRC 657 10-in. 1947 How high the moon Anita O'Day instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca SRC 658 10-in. 1947 I ain't gettin' any younger Anita O'Day instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca SRC 659 10-in. 1947 Travel in' man Anita O'Day instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca SRC 660 10-in. 1947 Key largo Anita O'Day instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca AM 397 10-in. 8/18/1937 Somebody loves me Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet, clarinet  
Decca AM 399 10-in. 8/18/1937 Pardon me pretty baby Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet, clarinet  
Decca AM 400 10-in. 8/18/1937 My buddy Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet, clarinet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carter, Benny," accessed March 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103374.

Carter, Benny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103374.

"Carter, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 March 2021.

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