Bob Carter

Robert Kahakalau, better known as Bob Carter (February 11, 1922 – August 1, 1993) was an American jazz bassist and arranger.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1922, Carter learned bass and guitar from his father, a vaudeville performer of Hawaiian heritage. He played in local orchestras from 1937 to 1940, toured from 1940 to 1942 and worked with his own trio in Boston in 1944. In 1944-45 he worked in various groups on 52nd Street in New York City, with Tony Scott, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Stuff Smith, and Charlie Shavers among others. Following time spent playing bebop with Allen Eager and Max Roach in 1946, he worked with Charlie Ventura from 1947 to 1949 and again in 1953-54. In the interim he played with Benny Goodman in 1949-50.

In 1953, he worked with jazz guitarist Johnny Smith and appeared on Smith's albums Jazz at NBC and The Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz.

After his second stint with Ventura he studied composition with Wesley LaViolette. Later that decade his arrangements were used by Red Norvo, Bob Harrington, and Shelly Manne. He spent 1957-58 in Hawaii, then returned to New York in 1959, where he played with Bobby Hackett. In the early 1960s, he worked in Germany in the orchestra of Kurt Edelhagen. He did little playing after the end of the 1960s.

Carter died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1993 at the age of 71.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1922 (New Haven), Died August 1st, 1993 (Honolulu)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, string bass, vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 39154 10-in. 12/6/1934 The waltz of love Isham Jones Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 84541 5/18/1953 The touch of your hand Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84542 5/18/1953 Wunderbar Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84543 5/18/1953 Falling in love with love Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84552 5/19/1953 Tenderly Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84553 5/19/1953 The most beautiful girl in the world Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84554 5/19/1953 I wonder who's kissing her now Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84555 5/19/1953 Charmaine Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84556 5/19/1953 One kiss Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85911 1/30/1954 How deep is the ocean Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85912 1/30/1954 Pagan love song Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85913 1/30/1954 Between the devil and the deep blue sea Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85914 1/30/1954 Over the rainbow Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7301 8/14/1953 Liza Jane Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 7302 8/14/1953 The blue room Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 7303 8/14/1953 Cheek to cheek Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 7304 8/15/1953 You're the cause of it all Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 7305 8/15/1953 Lovely weather for ducks Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 7306 8/15/1953 Island queen Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carter, Bob," accessed March 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201623.

Carter, Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201623.

"Carter, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 6 March 2021.

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