Benny Carter

By NIck Castro

 

Benny Carter was a famous jazz bandleader, saxophonist and trumpet player. He was born in 1907 in New York to a mother who played piano and taught him from an early age to do the same. He was a pivotal figure in jazz all through the 30s and 40s but his career continued far beyond that to his death. His nickname was The King. Carter began to teach himself both the trumpet as well as the saxophone. He attended Wilberforce University but quickly left to play music. He was playing professional sessions by his late teens and building his skills amongst more seasoned players. In... Read More

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