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August 15, 1987 | DON HECKMAN
Benny Carter's opening set at the Loa Club Thursday night was an out-and-out celebration of life and music--a glowing testimony to the sometimes forgotten fact that a career devoted to jazz can be long-lived and filled with joy. Carter's 80th birthday celebration last week was clearly only the acknowledgement of a number, since the years have taken away none of the velocity from his high, hard fast ball.
Listen to saxophonist Benny Carter on recordings made some 65 years ago and you'll recognize the seeds of his sound. The lithe and graceful phrasing that marks his work is there to be heard, as well as the elegant sophistication that has been at the heart of his play for more than half a century. Carter's style, always bright and shining, is more polished today.
July 14, 2003 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Benny Carter, whose versatility as a first-rate saxophonist, composer-arranger and bandleader made him a leading figure in jazz for more than eight decades, has died. He was 95. Carter died Saturday morning in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a brief illness. Carter was hospitalized in late June with bronchitis and other ailments, said publicist Virginia Wicks.
August 8, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE
The title of this compilation deserves an asterisk. Surely no single CD could harbor all the best of a musician with a career as long and as distinguished as Benny Carter's, and this one doesn't try. Instead, it highlights the most recent years of Carter's career, those since his 80th birthday. But that doesn't mean "Best Of" captures an icon in his twilight days. Carter's alto work is still vital and filled with characteristic ease and invention.
February 21, 1990 | ZAN STEWART
Tally up another kudo for the indefatigable Benny Carter. The 82-year-old composer/saxophonist/trumpeter, who just last week was in New York to conduct his orchestra at the "Hearts for Ella" American Heart Assn. benefit at Avery Fisher Hall, is one of 18 jazz artists, and the sole Los Angeles resident, to receive a grant from the 1989 Meet the Composer/Rockefeller Foundation/AT&T Jazz Program.
It seemed easy, at first glance, to dismiss Benny Carter's appearance at the Playboy Festival as just another Golden Oldies performance--a polite nod to the jazz past. After all, when Carter, 87, walked on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, the venerable saxophonist- trumpeter-composer-arranger was accompanied by his lifelong pal, trumpeter Doc Cheatham, 90.
February 17, 1991
Perhaps Thorenson was thinking of Benny Carter, another legendary alto saxophonist, who also plays notable trumpet. Now, a writer whose sound echoed a trumpet solo by Benny Carter-- he would be worth hearing. TOM NOLAN, BURBANK
December 2, 1987
Beverly Sills and Dionne Warwick are hosts of the "Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show" that CBS will air next Wednesday (9-11p.m.) The program honors Roy Acuff, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, B. B. King and Isaac Stern, recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The special was taped before a black-tie audience at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York City.
August 2, 2002 | Don Heckman
Benny Carter recorded for such a lengthy period in so many different settings that one could make a dozen, entirely different lists of his finest work. That said, here's a grouping that offers a brief introduction to the remarkable range of his talents. * Six CDs on the Melodie Jazz Classic label (available from provide a comprehensive overview of Carter's early career.
November 15, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
This is a good week for alto saxophonists. In addition to David Sanborn, Frank Morgan opened at the Catalina (he'll be there again tonight) and Benny Carter began a three-day run at the Vine Street Bar and Grill (also through tonight). Morgan's unconventional setting (the Catalina is a seafood restaurant on Cahuenga Boulevard) dictated the use of a duo, with pianist Milcho Leviev as a one-man rhythm section.
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