Benny Carter

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Trumpet Player
Date of Birth August 8, 1907
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Jul 12, 2003 (95)
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Benny Carter

Bennett Lester Carter 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 name: Bennett Lester Carter
Born: August 8, 1907, Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 12, 2003, Los Angeles, California
Genres: Swing, jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, bandleader, composer, musical arranger
Instruments: Saxophone, trumpet, clarinet
Years active: 1920s–1997
Labels: Clef, Norgran, Verve, Pablo, Concord, MusicMasters
Website: Benny Carter's Official site
IMDb: Benny Carter's IMDb

About Benny Carter

Award-winning jazz musician, recipient of the 1968 NEA Jazz Masters Award and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

Before Fame

He was mostly self-taught and collaborated with a wide variety of musicians before gaining notoriety in Harlem.


He taught workshops and seminars at many schools, including Harvard and Princeton University.

Family Life

He married his first wife in 1925, but she died from pneumonia soon after; the next three ended in divorce. He and his fifth wife, Hilma Ollila Arons, married in 1979.


One of Duke Ellington's trumpeters was Carter's primary source of inspiration when he was growing up and developing his talents.

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  • Swing clarinetists
  • Swing bandleaders
  • Jazz alto saxophonists
  • Swing saxophonists
  • Swing trumpeters
  • American jazz alto saxophonists
  • Jazz arrangers
  • American clarinetists
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
  • Kennedy Center honorees
  • Big band bandleaders
  • United States National Medal of Arts recipients
  • 20th-century trumpeters
  • American music arrangers
  • 20th-century saxophonists
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