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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 (Results 51-75 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 132 records)

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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