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 (Results 26-50 of 132 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
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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