Awards and Honors
Benny Carter has received many honors and awards-from jazz magazine polls to academic degrees. Four institutions--Princeton (1974), Rutgers (1991), Harvard (1994), and the New England Conservatory (1998)--have awarded him honorary doctorates.
He has received a Lifetime Achievement award and two Grammys from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His star was recently added to Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame.
In 1996, Carter received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. His achievements have been recognized by such organizations as ASCAP, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the American Society of Arts and Letters. Carter's ninetieth birthday was celebrated on August 6, 1997 in a gala evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Characteristically, on August 8, his actual birthday, Carter gave a concert in Oslo, Norway.
Musical Selection: "Flamingo" from Cosmopolite:
The Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions,1952-54, Verve 314-521-673