JCC to present Benny Carter tribute concert
The concert will feature world renowned cornetist Warren Vaché, who was featured at the last two tributes, and has insights to interpret the music of Benny Carter.
The cornetist was one of Carter’s favorite musicians and played with him often at major festivals beginning in the 1970s and as a member of his group on several occasions in the 1990s.
In 1995, when Carter undertook an ambitious recording project which brought together 15 leading singers to perform his songs, he chose Vaché to join him as featured soloist.
The Carter connection with Sherman comes through Carter’s marriage to longtime Sherman resident Hilma Carter, who, in addition to her own illustrious career as an educator and supporter of the theater, assisted Benny in many aspects of his professional life.
Benny Carter, who died in 2003, was a legendary multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and arranger/composer.
During a career that spanned some nine decades, Carter gained fame as both an innovative alto saxophonist and trumpeter, as well as a pioneering arranger whose prescient musical scores helped set the stage for the Swing Era.
Beginning in the early 1940s, he also became one of the first African American composers break the Hollywood studio barrier, writing for dozens of feature films and television productions over the next three decades.
Many of the previous JCC tribute concerts have featured musicians who, like Warren Vaché, had personal connections with Carter.
This year’s group features tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who has played and recorded frequently with Vaché, and also knew Carter; Tardo Hammer, who has enjoyed an international reputation as both a player and an educator; bassist Earl Sauls, who has developed an original and highly musical approach to his instrument; and Leroy Williams, who enjoys a reputation as one of the most creative drummers in jazz
Tickets are $30 for members, $35 nonmembers and $15 students in advance.
For more information and RSVP, call the 9 Route 39 South center at 860-355-8050.