HOLLYWOOD: JAZZ AND FILMS, 1940s-1960s
Benny Carter brought his big band to California in 1942, opening at Billy Berg's Swing Club in Los Angeles in November. Within months, he was asked to work on his first Hollywood film, Stormy Weather, for which he arranged and played. His work, particularly his string writing, so impressed musical director Alfred Newman that soon Carter's talents were tapped for many other productions at 20th Century Fox and other major studios. Eventually, he was in such demand in the studios that he decided to give up leading his big band in 1946. Over the next two decades, he worked on (and occasionally appeared in) such major films as An American in Paris, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Sun Also Rises, The Guns of Navarone, Flower Drum Song, and many others. He eventually got the opportunity to serve as musical director for several productions including A Man Called Adam (1965) and Buck and the Preacher (1972).
In the late 1950s, Carter began to compose and arrange for television,
contribution to such programs as M-Squad, Bob Hope's Chrysler
Theater, Alfred Hitchcock, Ironside, and The Name of the
Game. He also has written scores for several award-winning animated
films by John and Faith Hubley. In 1993, Carter recorded a solo
saxophone soundtrack for the Canadian television documentary: The
Future of Aging.