Benny Carter Tribute Concert planned in Sherman

The 10th annual Benny Carter Tribute Concert will be held July 29 at 8 p.m. in Sherman.

The concert features musicians who will showcase the music of legendary multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and arranger/composer Benny Carter and is facilitated through a connection with longtime Sherman resident and wife to Benny, Hilma Carter.

Festivities will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 9 Route 39 South.

This year’s concert will be held in memory of Ed Berger, Carter’s biographer and friend who passed away in January.

The event will feature light appetizers and the opportunity to purchase beverages of their choice while enjoying Carter’s songbook.

During his illustrious career, Carter gained fame as an innovative alto saxophonist and trumpeter, as well as a pioneering arranger whose musical scores helped set the stage for the Swing Era.

Beginning in the early 1940s, he was one of the first African-American performers to write for feature films.

He composed in a wide variety of idioms, from such well-known standards as “When Lights Are Low,” “Only Trust Your Heart” and “Key Largo,” to the wartime hit “Cow Cow Boogie,” as well as extended works for combined jazz and chamber orchestras.

Later in his life, Carter was also active as an educator, spending several semesters as visiting professor at Princeton and conducting seminars and workshops at many other institutions.

He holds myriad awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the NEA Jazz Masters, and honorary doctorates from Harvard, Princeton, Rutgers, and the New England Conservatory.

Concert musicians will include Warren Vaché, who played with Carter at festivals throughout the 1970s and was a member of Carter’s group on several occasions in the 1990s.

Joining the ensemble will be Harry Allen, Tardo Hammer, Earl Sauls and Leroy Williams.

Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers and $15 for students in advance. Ticket prices will increase by $5 at the door.

For more information and tickets, call 860-355-8050.