November 11, 1997
Jazz great Benny Carter will be honored at "An Evening With Benny Carter and His Friends," Monday at 6 p.m. at the Ventura Club, 13920 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Saxophonists Buddy Collette and Plas Johnson will be among those performing at the event, sponsored by the Musician Foundation of Local 47 in celebration of Carter's 90th birthday. Individual tickets are $50, with a reduction for members of the local. Tables are $750 and $1,000. Information: (213) 654-4265.
February 5, 1995
Benny Carter, the saxophonist and jazz composer who has worked with such legends as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. Carter, who began performing at age 15, has arranged music for films including "Stormy Weather," "An American in Paris," and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." His star will be number 2,042 on the Walk of Fame.
March 20, 1998 |
Alto saxophonist Benny Carter, at 90, is a venerable jazz icon. Yet his performance Wednesday night in the opening set of a five-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill had an immediacy and an aliveness that transcended historical associations. The only concession Carter has made to age has been the abandonment of his trumpet playing. In his early years he was, remarkably, a talented performer on both instruments--a not-at-all common double.
February 17, 1988 |
Octogenarian Benny Carter may not be young , but he acts young and thinks young, and that makes all the difference. Filling in Saturday for the previously scheduled Stan Getz (who is still convalescing from surgery late last year) at Marsee Auditorium, Carter revealed the perennially youthful flexibility of his musical attitude, bringing along a quintet that mixed swing, be-bop and post-bop styles into an invigorating, urbane whole.
October 10, 1989 |
The question is not large, relative to matters of international relations or the debt crisis. But it gets to the heart of persisting attitudes about jazz and jazzmakers. Will popular audiences accept a portrait of a great jazzman who is also a solid citizen with no known major bad habits? Harrison Engle, whose documentary on Theodore Roosevelt, "T.R.
October 21, 1994 |
Asked recently if he had any idols, alto sax great Phil Woods said without hesitation, "Benny Carter. The guys like him who keep going into their 70s and 80s are the true heroes of American society. The main lesson in life is instilled in Mr. Carter. They don't call him 'King' for nothing. To play for 60 years is a helluva accomplishment."