Into the Millenium
Into the 1990s—and into his 90s—Benny Carter’s continued activity and creativity are almost staggering. He may be the only artist to have made an acoustic recording and lived to see his own website
Since turning eighty in 1987 he has written and performed six extended works; recorded some 15 albums in settings ranging from duo to combined jazz band and chamber orchestra; written at least 40 new songs with lyrics; recorded a solo saxophone film soundtrack; toured the world many times, including ten trips to Japan and his first visits to Poland and Thailand; delivered his first commencement address; and received seven Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards.
Since turning 90, while he no longer tours, he has no intention of retiring. He plans on recording a new big band album in 1999, and continues to compose new pieces.
Musical Selection: "Secret Love" from New
York Lights, MusicMasters 01612-65154-2 (1997)