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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 176-176 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca AM 400 10-in. 8/18/1937 My buddy Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet, clarinet  
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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carter, Benny," accessed June 21, 2024,

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"Carter, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 June 2024.

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