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October 11, 2007
Benny Carter Centennial Celebration in NYC
Jazz at Lincoln Center salutes Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inductee

Benny Carter
NEW YORK, NY—Jazz legend Benny Carter, one of the most prominent and pioneering black musicians, arrangers and composers in music history, will be celebrated when Jazz at Lincoln Center ushers in its 2007-08 season with a Benny Carter Centennial tribute October 15 through 21.

Carter, a 2007 Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, is hailed for his distinctive alto saxophone style and as a principal architect of big band swing. He arranged and performed many of jazz music's most significant tunes, such as "Stormy Weather" and "XYZ."

In Hollywood, Carter made major strides as one of the first African American composers and arrangers to work in film and the very first to receive on-screen credit for his work in television. He passed away in 2003 just weeks short of his 96th birthday.

Events saluting Carter and his music will be held throughout JALC's Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway at 60th St., beginning with Mel Martin and The Benny Carter Centennial Band in performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on October 15, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform Carter's music in concert on October 19 and 20. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will host the October 19 concert, and Today Show correspondent Tiki Barber will host on October 20.

Pre-concert lectures by Ed Berger, Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and former record producer and road manager for Benny Carter, will begin at 6:45 pm in the Irene Diamond Education Center.

Video footage on Carter, along with rare photos and album artwork, will be on display in the Atrium.

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