Carter donated his C-melody saxaphone to IJS in 1984.


(CD issues only)


ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE (Evening Star 104)[with Phil Woods]. Double CD recorded live at the Regattabar, Cambridge, MA. 1996.

NEW YORK NIGHTS (MusicMasters 65154). Live recording, 1995, at New York's Iridium Jazz Club.

SONGBOOK (MusicMasters 65134) & SONGBOOK Vol. 2 (MusicMasters 65155). Fifteen top vocalists perform Carter's songs, with the composer as featured soloist. Includes Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horn, Jon Hendricks, Peggy Lee. Recorded in 1995.

BEST OF BENNY CARTER (MusicMasters 65133). Anthology of highlights of Carter's MusicMasters work, 1987 to 1994.

Orginal alto part for Carter's historic 1933 score of “Symphony in Riffs”.ELEGY IN BLUE (MusicMasters 65115). Carter pays tributes to nine jazz greats. 1994 recording with Harry Edison, Cedar Walton, Ray, Brown, Mundell Lowe, and Jeff Hamilton. Carter's solo on "Prelude to a Kiss" won a Grammy for "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo."

LEGENDS (Musicmasters 65087). Features five duets with pianist Hank Jones, as well as quartet and quintet performances with Doc Cheatham, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, and Chris Neville. Recorded in 1992.

HARLEM RENAISSANCE (Musicmasters 65080). 1992 live recording featuring an all-star big band and the Rutgers University Or-chestra. Includes the premiere of two suites: "Tales of the Rising Sun" and "Harlem Renaissance." 1993 Grammy Award winner.

ALL THAT JAZZ - LIVE AT PRINCETON (Musicmasters 5059). 1990 con-cert with Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, and Kenny Washington.


MY MAN BENNY, MY MAN PHIL (Musicmasters 5036-2-C) [Benny Carter/Phil Woods] 1989 collaboration between the two alto masters.

COOKIN' AT CARLOS I (Musicmasters 5033-2-C). Recorded live in the New York club in 1988.

MORE COOKIN' (Jazz Heritage). More material recorded live at Carlos I.

MY KIND OF TROUBLE (Pablo PACD-2310-935). 1988 studio session, includes organist Art Hillery and guitarist Joe Pass.

OVER THE RAINBOW (Musicmasters 5015-2-C). 1988 recording by an all-star sax ensemble led by Carter, featuring all-new arrange-ments. Saxes include Herb Geller, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, and Joe Temperley.

IN THE MOOD FOR SWING (Musicmasters 5001-2-C). Small group 1987 session with guest Dizzy Gillespie, features all-Carter composi-tions.

CENTRAL CITY SKETCHES (Musicmasters 5030-2-C). Carter leads the American Jazz Orchestra in a reprise of many of his classic com-positions and arrangements, as well as in the premiere of a new extended work. 1988 Grammy nominee.

BENNY CARTER MEETS OSCAR PETERSON (Pablo 2310-926). 1986 col-laboration, including guitarist Joe Pass).

A GENTLEMAN AND HIS MUSIC (Concord CCD-4285). 1985 session with Joe Wilder and Scott Hamilton.

SWING REUNION (Book of the Month Club 31-7631). Two-CD set of live performances from Town Hall concert, 1985, with Teddy Wilson, Red Norvo, Remo Palmier, Freddie Greene, George Duvivier and Louis Bellson. 1986 Grammy nominee.

BENNY CARTER ALL STARS (Gazell 1004). 1985 meeting of the generations with Red Norvo, Nat Adderley, Red Mitchell and Horace Parlan.

SKYLINE DRIVE AND TOWARDS (Phontastic 9305). 1982 meeting between Carter and leading Swedish jazzmen. Included are several Carter originals. Also contains eight historic sides, 1929-1939.

SUMMER SERENADE (Storyville 4047). 1980 quartet recording in Copenhagen, with Kenny Drew and Ed Thigpen.


LIVE AND WELL IN JAPAN (Pablo Live/OJC 736). Ten-piece band re-corded in Tokyo, 1977.

BENNY CARTER FOUR, MONTREUX '77 (Fantasy/OJC 374). Recorded live at the Swiss festival, with pianist Ray Bryant.

WONDERLAND (Pablo 2310-922). 1976 session with Sweets Edison, Lockjaw Davis, Ray Bryant, Milt Hinton and Grady Tate.

CARTER, GILLESPIE, INC. (Fantasy/OJC 682). 1976 reunion with Dizzy Gillespie.

THE KING (Pablo 2310-768). 1976 date featuring Milt Jackson, Tommy Flanagan, and Joe Pass playing Carter originals.


BBB & CO. (OJC 758). 1962 session with Ben Webster, Barney Bigard.

FURTHER DEFINITIONS (Impulse IMPD-229). Carter arrangements for sax quartet including Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse, and Phil Woods, 1961. Also includes 1966 Additions to Further Definitions sessions.
Carter (right), with Dizzy Gillespie (left) and Hale Smith. 1983 (photo by E. Berger)

SWINGIN' THE 20S (Contemporary OJCCD-339). 1958 meeting with Earl Hines.

JAZZ GIANT (Contemporary OJCCD-167). 1957 small groups including Ben Webster.

3-4-5: THE VERVE SMALL GROUP SESSIONS (Verve 849-395). 1954 small groups, with Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson.

COSMOPOLITE: THE OSCAR PETERSON VERVE SESSIONS (Verve 314-521-673). 1952-1954 sessions with Oscar Peterson.

NEW JAZZ SOUNDS (Verve 531-637). Double CD, Carter's Verve sessions with strings, 1952-1954 and small groups with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, 1954-55.


THE COMPLETE BENNY CARTER (Mercury 830-965). 1946 quintet recordings for Keynote; includes newly discovered masters and al-ternates.

The following are bootleg recordings of broadcast material:

BENNY CARTER BIG BAND: ON THE AIR (Jazzup 327). Nine tracks from the Savoy Ballroom, 1939, and nine from AFRS broadcasts. LA, 1946.


BENNY CARTER: GROOVIN" HIGH IN LA, 1946 (Hep 15). Seven tracks from AFRS Jubilee broadcasts by Carter, 1946. Rest of CD is by Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Mundy and Wilbert Baranco.
Carter and Louis Armstrong, with Robert Goffin, left, and Leonard Feather, right, at the New School in 1942.  (Photo courtesy of Leonard Feather)
1920s-1930s and historical anthologies:

ALL OF ME (Bluebird 3000).


BENNY CARTER, 1928-1952 (RCA 66539).

BENNY CARTER: HIS BEST RECORDINGS,1929-1940 (Best of Jazz 4001).

THE VARIOUS FACETS OF A GENIUS, 1929-1940 (Black & Blue 59.230).

DEVIL'S HOLIDAY, 1933-1934 (JSP 331).


1929-1933 (Classics 522).

Benny visiting with troops in 1944.  Carter and his orchestra made many appearances at army bases during World War Two and made regular broadcasts over the Armed Forces RadioService.  
(Photo courtesy of Benny Carter) 1933-1936 (Classics 530).

1936 (Classics 541).

1937-1939 (Classics 552).

1939-1940 (Classics 579).

1940-1941 (Classics 631).

1943-1946 (Classics 923).

1946-1948 (Classics 1043)


VOL. 1 (1928-1931) (Masters of Jazz 22).

Trumpeter Clark Terry, bassist Rufus Reid and Carter rehearse in preparation for a 1991 concert at Princeton University.  (Photo by Ed Berger) VOL. 2 (1931-1933) (Masters of Jazz 23).

VOL. 3 (1933-1934) (Masters of Jazz 39).

VOL. 4 (1934-1935) (Masters of Jazz 59).

VOL. 5 (1936) (Masters of Jazz 73).

VOL. 6 (1936) (Masters of Jazz 81).

VOL. 7 (1936-1937) (Masters of Jazz 95).

VOL. 8 (1937) (Masters of Jazz 103).

VOL. 9 (1938-1939) (Masters of Jazz 124).

BENNY CARTER: JAZZ PROFILE (Blue Note 33146). Anthology of Carter's Capitol recordings with small groups and his big band, 1943-1947; also selections from his United Artists recordings, 1958-59.


Ray Brown: SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE THE SAX PLAYERS (Telarc 83388). Carter appears on two tracks recorded in 1996.

Oscar Peterson: THE MORE I SEE YOU (Telarc 83370). 1995 session featuring Clark Terry, Ray Brown.

Mel Martin: MEL MARTIN PLAYS BENNY CARTER (Enja 9041). Carter appears on three tracks recorded live in 1994; rest features studio session led by saxophonist/flutist Martin with Kenny Barron.

MARIAN McPARTLAND PLAYS THE BENNY CARTER SONGBOOK (Concord CCD-4412). 1990 interpretations of Carter com-positions with Carter as guest.

MARIAN McPARTLAND'S PIANO JAZZ FEAT. BENNY CARTER (Jazz Alliance 12015). 1989 radio show with interview and Carter on piano in duet with McPartland.

Claude Tissendier: SAXOMANIA, FEATURING BENNY CARTER (IDA 017). 1988 Paris date featuring Carter with French saxophone ensemble.
BILLY ECKSTINE SINGS WITH BENNY CARTER (Mercury 832-011). 1986 recording with special guest Helen Merrill.

Sarah Vaughan: THE BENNY CARTER SESSIONS (Roulette 28640). Carter's arrangements for the singer, 1962-63.

Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and Carter legendary 1952 Norman Granz Jam Session.THE TATUM GROUP MASTERPIECES, VOL. 1 (Pablo 2405-424). Epic 1954 meeting between Carter and Tatum.

THE CHOCOLATE DANDIES, 1928/1940 (Jazz Archives 67). Various editions of recording groups featuring Carter, Waller, Hawkins, Eldridge, Catlett, and others. Also contains three tracks by the Varsity Seven from 1939 and 1940.

Fletcher Henderson: A STUDY IN FRUSTRATION (Columbia 57596). Carter featured as soloist and arranger, 1928-1930.

MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS, 1928-1930 (Bluebird 2275). Carter succeeded Don Redman as musical director of this legendary Detroit-based band.

Benny Carter/Dizzy Gillespie/Quincy Jones: JOURNEY TO NEXT (Lightyear Entertainment 54168). A collection of never-before issued soundtrack material from collaborations between Carter, Gillespie, and Jones and award-winning animators John and Faith Hubley. Recorded 1956 to 1985, features a Who's Who of jazz talent.


BENNY CARTER: SYMPHONY IN RIFFS: 1989 documentary (58 minutes). Features Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, and many others. Executive producer Lucille Ostrow. Directed and produced by Harrison Engle. Narrated by Burt Lancaster. Available from Rhapsody Films (Tel. 212 243-0142) and The Jazz Store (www.the 800-558-9513).

BENNY CARTER: JAZZ AT THE SMITHSONIAN: 1982 Live concert with interview (52 minutes). With Joe Kennedy Jr., Kenny Barron, George Duvivier, and Ronnie Bedford. Tunes include Honeysuckle Rose, Misty, Take The "A" Train, Cottontail, and Autumn Leaves. Available from The Jazz Store.


BENNY CARTER: A LIFE IN AMERICAN MUSIC, by M. Berger, E. Berger, and J. Patrick Two-volume 877-page biography/discography published by Scarecrow Press, 1982. Available from Scarecrow Press (Tel. 800-462-6420).

THE BENNY CARTER COLLECTION, Hal Leonard Artist Transcriptions: Saxophone, 1998. Contains 23 lead sheets of BC originals and transcribed solos by Carter from the 1930s to the 1990s. Includes Carter classics such as When Lights Are Low, Blues In My Heart, Only Trust Your Heart, Rock Me to Sleep, and Malibu. With biographical notes and musical analysis.

BENNY CARTER PLAYS STANDARDS, Hal Leonard Artist Transcriptions: Saxophone, 1996. 24 Carter solos from the 1930s to the 1990s on such standards as Autumn Leaves, I Can't Get Started, Misty, and Stompin' at the Savoy. With biographical notes and musical analysis.

BENNY CARTER: WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW. Play-along book and CD set with 13 Carter songs for all instruments. Available from Jamie Aebersold Jazz ( (tel: 800-456-1388).

Musical Selection: "Another Time, Another Place" from Another Time, Another Place, Evening Star 104 (1996)Official Benny Carter Website