Benny Carter tribute concert set

The Jewish Community Center in Sherman will present a "Tribute to Benny Carter" concert July 27 at 8 p.m.

Husband of longtime Sherman resident Hilma Carter, Carter was an innovator and trailblazer as a band leader, arranger, composer as well as soloist on saxophone, clarinet and trumpet.

From writing the first jazz waltz in 1936, to creating the template for the Swing Era, to being one of the first African-Americans to score films in Hollywood, the multiple Grammy-winning musician was involved in every aspect of modern music.

The tribute concert will feature multi-talented Los Angeles writer/singer Deborah Pearl, a close friend of the Carters.

Pearl, who began her career in the music industry and became an accomplished TV writer/producer and screenwriter, will perform a new body of Carter songs.

She will be accompanied by saxophonist Tom Heinze, director of jazz studies at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and members of the Marywood Faculty Jazz Group.

Pearl began her career as a pop and session singer doing jingles and playing clubs in L.A. and New York, and eventually recorded an album, sang backup for various artists, including Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young, sung on several TV shows, performed in a one-woman show, "Chick Singers" and more.

She went on to become an accomplished TV writer/producer and screenwriter, working on numerous shows, including "Designing Women."

With feature scripts in development, she does script doctoring for studios, and recently worked on the English translation of Award-winning Spanish director Julio Medem's first English language film.

Tickets to the concert at the 9 Route 39 South center are $30 for JCC members and $40 for nonmembers.

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