Wikipedia : This day (July 12, 2003), in / Los Angeles, California, died Benny Carter, an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader.
Benny Carter : As Duke Ellington once wrote: The problem of expressing the contributions that Carter has made to popular music is so tremendous it completely fazes me, so extraordinary a musician is he.
@Swingmusic : Elegant, sophisticated, and well spoken; The King commanded respect personally and through his amazing playing and arranging
@last.fm : Carter began playing professionally at 15. He first recorded in 1928 and formed his first big band the following year. He played with Fletcher Henderson in 1930 and 1931, then briefly led McKinney’s Cotton Pickers before returning to lead his own band in 1932.
Video : w/ Count Basie Orchestra – Vine Street Rumble (1997) . Honeysuckle Rose (1997) . w/ Tommy Flanagan – Mood Indigo (1995) . w/ The Wdr Big Band – Remember (1989) . When Lights Are Low (1985) . Wave (1977) . w/ Count Basie Jam – These Foolish Things (1977) . w/ Nat King Cole – Arlequin Bounce / Congero (1950) .