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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 worked as an arranger including 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 1990s, he was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, which included receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1968

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

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Recordings (Results 101-125 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick B24045 10-in. 1/30/1939 It's easy to blame the weather Billie Holiday ; Teddy Wilson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone  
Brunswick B24046 10-in. 1/30/1939 More than you know Billie Holiday ; Teddy Wilson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone  
Brunswick B24047 10-in. 1/30/1939 Sugar (That sugar baby o' mine) Billie Holiday ; Teddy Wilson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone  
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  
(Results 101-125 of 176 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carter, Benny," accessed June 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103374.

Carter, Benny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103374.

"Carter, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103374

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