The Rutgers Connection
Since 1977, Benny Carter has enjoyed a special relationship
with Rutgers and the Institute of Jazz Studies. Over the years Carter
has chaired a fundraising appeal to musicians to help create an endowment,
served as artist-in-residence the Mason Gross School, and established
the Morroe Berger - Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund at the IJS.
In 1992, the Institute commissioned Carter to compose two
extended works for combined jazz and chamber orchestras which were premiered by Carter with the Rutgers University Orchestra. The resulting live recording, "Harlem Renaissance," won a Grammy. In 1994, Carter performed at the celebration of the expansion of Dana Library and the opening of the Institute's new facility. The University honored Benny Carter with an honorary doctorate in 1991, when Carter also delivered the commencement address at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Musical Selection: The Sugar Hill Slow Drag
Blues fromHarlem Renaissance, MusicMasters 0162-65080-2,
Grammy Winner (1992)