Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter (August 8,
1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz
alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter,
composer, arranger, and bandleader. He
was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to
the 1990s, and was recognized as such by
other jazz musicians who called him King. In
1958, he performed with Billie Holiday at the
legendary Monterey Jazz Festival.
The National Endowment for the Arts
honored Benny Carter with its highest
honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award
for 1986.[1] He was awarded the Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, winner
of the Grammy Award in 1994 for his solo
"Prelude to a Kiss", and also the same year,
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame.[2] In 2000 awarded the National
Endowment for the Arts, National Medal of
Arts, presented by President Bill Clinton.
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