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Benny Carter

as, 1907-2003 US, Harlem, Georgia
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. Bennett Lester Carter L. Lee

Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King. Carter performed with major artists from several generations of jazz, and at major festivals, such as his 1958 appearance with Billie Holiday at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

  • Alto sax
  • Trumpet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
A Foggy Day on Cosmopolite: The Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions by Benny Carter & Oscar Peterson
Honeysuckle Rose on Further Definitions by Benny Carter
Doozy - 1966 Album Version on Additions To Further Definitions by Benny Carter
The Midnight Sun Will Never Set on Further Definitions by Benny Carter
Honeysuckle Rose on Djangologie Vol.4 / 1937 by Django Reinhardt
Studio Talk; Prelude To A Kiss #2 on The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945 - 1959 by Billie Holiday
My Blue Heaven on Swingin' The '20s by Benny Carter
Body And Soul on Further Definitions by Benny Carter
Sugar on Skyline Drive and Towards by Benny Carter
Crazy Rhythm on Further Definitions by Benny Carter

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Live In Amsterdam 1960Jazz At The Philharmonic Featuring Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter And Dizzy Gillespie, Leo Wright, Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson2018Album
The Warren Vaché Quintet Remembers Benny CarterThe Warren Vaché Quintet, Benny Carter, Houston Person, Nicki Parrott, Tardo Hammer, Leroy Williams2015Album
Benny Carter With The Chocolate DandiesBenny Carter With The Chocolate Dandies2015Compil.
Seven Classic AlbumsBenny Carter2014Compil.
My Jazz Collection 19Benny Carter2014Album
My Jazz Collection 18Benny Carter2014Album
Four Classic Albums PlusBenny Carter2012Compil.
Further Definitions + Jazz GiantBenny Carter2012Compil.
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Volume ThreeLyn Murray, Leonard Rosenman, Lalo Schifrin, Benny Carter2012Compil.
They All Had Rhythm ~ '45 - '46Benny Carter, Jimmy Mundy, Gerald Wilson2012Compil.
Plays Cole Porter's Can-Can And Anything GoesBenny Carter2009Album
Waltzing The BluesBenny Carter2007Compil.
Lazy AfternoonBenny Carter2007Compil.
Royal Garden BluesBenny Carter2005Compil.
Jazz Masters Series [Jazz at The Smithsonian]Benny Carter2005Album
Norman Granz' Jazz In Montreux Presents Benny Carter '77Benny Carter2004Album
The Formidable Mr. Benny CarterBenny Carter2004Single
The Music MasterBenny Carter2004Compil.
These Foolish ThingsBenny Carter2004Compil.
Live At The SmithsonianBenny Carter2003Album
Master LessonsBenny Carter2003Compil.
Sketches On StandardsBenny Carter & The Oscar Peterson Trio2002Compil.
Julia Lee And Her BoyfriendsJulia Lee, Benny Carter, Vic Dickenson, Jay McShann, Red Norvo2001Compil.
The Alternate Takes In Chronological Order 1936-1940 Volume 1Benny Carter2001Compil.
Love For SaleBenny Carter2000Compil.
Central Avenue Sounds, Jazz In Los Angeles (1921-1956)Wardell Gray, Nat King Cole, Dexter Gordon, Jelly Roll Morton, T-Bone Walker, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter1999Compil.
Echoes Of Harlem Big Bands: The Complete Capitol SessionsBenny Carter, Cootie Williams1999Compil.
Benny Carter And The Jazz GiantsBenny Carter1998Compil.
All Of MeBenny Carter1998Compil.
American Love SongsThe Jim Cullum Jazz Band With Benny Carter, Nina Ferro, Dick Hyman, Joe Williams, Carol Woods1997Album
Songbook Volume IIBenny Carter1997Album
New York NightsBenny Carter1997Album
SongbookBenny Carter1997Album
Benny Carter: LegendsBenny Carter1997Album
Further Definitions: The Complete Further Definitions SessionsBenny Carter1997Album
Jazz Profile: Benny CarterBenny Carter1997Compil.
Another Time, Another PlaceBenny Carter ,& Phil Woods1996Album
New Jazz Sounds: The Urbane SessionsBenny Carter1996Compil.
Journey To NextBenny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones1996Compil.
Jazz & Blues CollectionBenny Carter1996Compil.
Benny Carter Plays Pretty, Album #1Benny Carter1995Single
Best of Benny CarterBenny Carter1995Compil.
Frenesi: Quintet Sessions 1946-1954Benny Carter1995Compil.
Benny CarterBenny Carter1995Compil.
Cosmopolite: The Oscar Peterson Verve SessionsBenny Carter1994Compil.
Great Moments in Jazz Vol.2: Alto MastersJohnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Willie Smith1994Album
The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio Album # 3Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson1994Single
Elegy In BlueBenny Carter1994Album
Volume 3 - 1933-1934Benny Carter1993Compil.
Benny Carter In EuropeBenny Carter1993Compil.
An Introduction To Benny Carter - His Best Recordings 1929-1940Benny Carter1993Compil.
Harlem RenaissanceBenny Carter1992Album
Benny CarterBenny Carter1992Compil.
Volume 2 - 1931-1933Benny Carter1992Compil.
Jazz The Essential Collection Vol. 4Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday1991Compil.
The Various Facets Of A GeniousBenny Carter1991Compil.
All That Jazz - Live At PrincetonBenny Carter1991Album
All Of MeBenny Carter1991Compil.
More Cookin'Benny Carter1991Album
3, 4, 5, The Verve Small Group SessionsBenny Carter1991Compil.
Symphony In RiffsBenny Carter1990Compil.
My Man Benny, My Man PhilBenny Carter / Phil Woods1990Album
Re Bop BoogieBenny Carter1990Compil.
Marian McPartland Plays The Benny Carter SongbookMarian McPartland, Benny Carter1990Album
Cookin' At Carlos IBenny Carter1990Album
The Greatest Of The Small Bands Vol. 2Coleman Hawkins - Lucky Thompson, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie - Benny Carter1989Compil.
My Kind Of TroubleBenny Carter1989Album
Benny CarterBenny Carter1989Compil.
Montreux Jazz Festival Vol 6 - Two SaxesBenny Carter, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1989Album
Jammin' The BluesColeman Hawkins & Benny Carter Feat. Teddy Wilson, Bob Cranshaw, Louis Bellson1989Album
Three Great Swing SaxophonesColeman Hawkins / Ben Webster / Benny Carter1989Compil.
Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra / Benny Carter &His Orchestra 1940Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter1988Compil.
The Late FortiesBenny Carter1988Compil.
More Cookin'Benny Carter1988Album
In The Mood For SwingBenny Carter1988Album
The Early FortiesBenny Carter1988Compil.
Alone Together + CosmopoliteBenny Carter With The Oscar Peterson Quartet1988Compil.
Featuring Benny CarterClaude Tissendier / Saxomania Featuring Benny Carter1988Album
The Complete Benny CarterBenny Carter, Arnold Ross Quintet1987Compil.
Central City Sketches (World Premiere Recording)The American Jazz Orchestra / Benny Carter1987Album
The Benny Carter CollectionBenny Carter1987Compil.
Benny Carter Meets Oscar PetersonBenny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson1987Album
Sarah Vaughan With Count Basie & Benny CarterSarah Vaughan with Count Basie & Benny Carter1986Compil.
Benny CarterBenny Carter1986Compil.
Swing ReunionTeddy Wilson, Benny Carter, Red Norvo, Louis Bellson, Remo Palmieri, George Duvivier, Freddie Green1985Album
A Gentleman And His MusicBenny Carter1985Album
The Uncollected Benny Carter And His Orchestra -1944Benny Carter1985Album
Coleman Hawkins & Benny CarterColeman Hawkins, Benny Carter1985Compil.
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era 49/50Benny Carter, Alvino Rey, Harlan Leonard, Phil Harris, Ray Anthony1983Compil.
Jazz Masters Of The SaxColeman Hawkins, Lester Young, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges1983Compil.
Skyline DriveArne Domnérus, Bengt Hallberg And The Swedamerican All Stars Featuring Benny Carter1983Album
The Gentleman Of Jazz 1940-1941Benny Carter1982Album
Benny Carter 1945 Plus The Metronome All-StarsBenny Carter Plus Metronome All Stars1982Compil.
Street Of DreamsBenny Carter1981Album
Los Grandes Del Jazz 26Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, Cecil Gant, Benny Carter1981Album
Giants Of Jazz: Benny CarterBenny Carter1980Compil.
Big Bands Uptown 1931-1940Don Redman, Claude Hopkins, Benny Carter1980Compil.
Benny CarterBenny Carter1980Compil.
Jazz Off The Air Vol. 4Cab Calloway And His Orchestra, Ike Quebec, Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter, Jonah Jones, Hilton Jefferson, Tyree Glenn1980Compil.
The Best OfBenny Carter1980Compil.
Benny Carter (1928 - 1952)Benny Carter1979Compil.
Benny On The CoastBenny Carter1978Album
Benny And The Hawk On The Loose In Europe Vol.4Benny Carter And Coleman Hawkins1978Compil.
'Live And Well In Japan!Benny Carter1978Album
Benny And The Hawk On The Loose In Europe Vol.2Benny Carter And Coleman Hawkins1977Compil.
Benny And The Hawk On The Loose In Europe Vol.1Benny Carter And Coleman Hawkins1977Compil.
Benny And The Hawk On The Loose In Europe Vol. 3Benny Carter And Coleman Hawkins1977Compil.
Benny And The Hawk On The Loose In Europe Vol. 5Benny Carter And Coleman Hawkins1977Compil.
The KingBenny Carter1976Album
Carter, Gillespie, Inc.Benny Carter & Dizzy Gillespie1976Album
Sessions, LiveTerry Gibbs, Benny Carter And Pete Jolly1976Album
The Charlie Parker Sides - Norman Granz' Jam SessionCharlie Parker / Benny Carter / Johnny Hodges1976Compil.
The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vols. 1 y 2Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson1975Album
The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 1Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1975Album
The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 2Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1975Album
Benny Carter In Hollywood - Live Sessions 1943/1945Benny Carter1975Compil.
The Tatum Group MasterpiecesArt Tatum, Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Red Callender, Buddy DeFranco, Bill Douglass, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Buddy Rich, John Simmons, Alvin Stoller, Ben Webster1975Compil.
Benny CarterBenny Carter1973Compil.
Sessions At MidnightBenny Carter1972Album
Big Band BounceBenny Carter & Cootie Williams1972Compil.
KPM 157A-162BBenny Carter / Steve Race1970Album
Benny CarterBenny Carter1970Single
Big Bands Uptown Volume 1 (1931 - 1943)Don Redman, Claude Hopkins, Benny Carter, Lucky Millinder1969Compil.
1933Benny Carter1969Compil.
Swing, 1946Benny Carter / Gene Sedric / Jonah Jones1968Compil.
The Early Benny CarterBenny Carter1968Album
Autumn LeavesBenny Carter1967Album
Additions To Further DefinitionsBenny Carter1966Album
A Man Called AdamBenny Carter Featuring The Voices Of Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong And Mel Tormé1966Album
Vinho Verde / Easy GoBenny Carter, Steve Race, Group Ten Players1964Album
With The Ramblers And His Orchestra 1937Benny Carter With The Ramblers And Benny Carter And His Orchestra1964Compil.
The Music OfDuke Ellington, Benny Carter, Jimmy Dorsey, Una Mae Carlisle1964Compil.
Benny Carter In ParisBenny Carter1963Album
BBB & Co.Benny Carter With Ben Webster & Barney Bigard1962Album
Visages Du Jazz N°6Benny Carter, The Chocolate Dandies1960Compil.
The Benny Carter Jazz CalendarBenny Carter1960Album
Stringin' Along (Twilight Jazz With String Presentation)Bill Holman, Benny Carter, Jack Montrose, Calvin Jackson1958Album
Makin' WhoopeeArt Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson1958Album
The Fabulous Benny Carter BandBenny Carter1958Album
Jazz GiantBenny Carter1958Album
The Urbane Jazz Of Roy Eldridge And Benny CarterRoy Eldridge And Benny Carter1957Album
CosmopoliteBenny Carter1956Album
CosmopoliteBenny Carter1955Single
The Tatum - Carter - Bellson Trio, Album #1Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1955Single
New Jazz SoundsBenny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Harris1955Album
The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio Album #2Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1955Single
Plays PrettyBenny Carter1955Album
The Tatum-Carter-Bellson TrioArt Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1955Album
Harlem In The Twenties Volume 2Charlie Johnson & His Paradise Band1954Compil.
The Urbane Mr. CarterBenny Carter1954Album
The Urbane Mr. CarterBenny Carter1954Single
The Urbane Mr. CarterBenny Carter1954Single
The Formidable Benny CarterBenny Carter1954Album
CosmopoliteBenny Carter1953Album
Black Bottom / I'll Never Give InBenny Carter Met The Ramblers1937Album
The Man I Love / Drop In Next Time You're PassingElisabeth Welch And Her Swing Quartet With Benny Carter1936Album
Waltzing The Blues / Tiger RagBenny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter1936Album
Swingin' At Maida Vale / NightfallBenny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter1936Album
These Foolish Things / Swingin' The BluesBenny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter1936Album
Just A Mood / When Day Is DoneBenny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter1936Album
Masters Of Jazz - Black BottomBenny CarterAlbum
Art Tatum & His Friends Vol.IArt Tatum With Benny Carter & Louis BellsonCompil.
Alto Artistry 1944Benny Carter, Pete Brown, Willie SmithCompil.
Benny Carter In Hollywood 1943-46Benny CarterCompil.
Verve Jazz No. 4Ben Webster With Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, Coleman HawkinsCompil.
The Urbane Jazz Of Roy Eldridge And Benny CarterRoy Eldridge, Benny Carter, Bruce MacDonald, Alvin Stoller, John SimmonsAlbum
The Deluxe Recordings Vol. 1 1946Benny CarterCompil.
Benny Carter 1933/39Benny CarterCompil.
Capitol PresentsSam Donahue And Benny CarterAlbum
All Of Me / The Sheik Of ArabyBenny Carter, Coleman Hawkins' All Star OctetAlbum
Memphis Blues / Bugle Call RagBenny Carter Med Kai Ewans Og Hans OrkesterAlbum
The Three C'sBenny Carter / Bill Coleman / Henri ChaixCompil.
Swingin' The Blues / I Can't Get StartedBenny Carter + Henri ChaixSingle
Henri Chaix Piano Workshop / Benny Carter + Henri Chaix And His OrchestraHenri Chaix / Benny CarterAlbum
Swinging The BluesBenny CarterCompil.
Billy Eckstine Sings With Benny CarterBilly Eckstine . Benny Carter . Helen MerrillAlbum
Some of These Days / GloamingBenny Carter Med Sonora Swing BandAlbum
The Great swing bands of the ‘40’sJimmie Lunceford, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Sam Donahue, Jack Teagarden, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet, Benny Carter, Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy MundyCompil.
Benny Carter's JubileeBenny CarterAlbum
Swing Sessions 6 - 1946Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Gene Sedric, Billy TaylorCompil.
MP3 CollectionBenny CarterAlbum
Recorded 1943Benny CarterSingle
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