Selected Recent Appearances

3/18-22/98: Catalina Bar and Grill, Los Angeles
Five nights at the Hollywood club with Ira Nepus, Chris Neville, John Leitham, and Ralph Penland.

9/13/97: Princeton University, Richardson Auditorium
With Chris Neville, Steve La Spina, Steve Johns.

8/24/97: Charlie Parker Festival, Tomkins Square Park, NYC

8/21-23/97: Benny Carter and Phil Woods at the Regattabar, Cambridge
Three nights at the Regattabar in the Charles Hotel, featuring Chris Neville, Steve LaSpina, and Steve Johns.

8/8/97: Oslo Jazz Festival, Oslo, Norway
Benny with French band Saxomania (1988 CD) at Oslo Concert Hall on Benny's birthday. See the Oslo Jazz Festival Site.

8/6/97: Benny Carter Birthday Concert, Hollywood Bowl
Tribute to Benny emceed by Quincy Jones featuring: Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Kenny Burrell, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Herb Geller, Buddy Collette, Mel Martin, Nicholas Payton, Al Grey, Gerald Wiggins, Chris Neville, Roy McCurdy, including a new suite written for Benny, material from Further Definitions, special guests and surprises.

Week of 11/18/96: Bangkok, Thailand

On Friday, November 22, jazz history was made when the official King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the unofficial King of jazz, Benny Carter, met in an all night jam session in Bangkok. It was actually Carter's second encounter with the King. His Majesty so enjoyed Carter's first visit to the palace last January that he asked him to return with some of his (the King's) and Carter's favorite musicians. Carter's group included horn players Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, and Urbie Green, with a rhythm section of Chris Neville, John Heard, and Sherman Ferguson. The King, an avid jazz fan who jammed with Benny Goodman and his orchestra (including Urbie Green) in 1956, plays all the reed instruments as well as trumpet. He is also a composer whose jazz pieces have been recorded by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Les Brown's Orchestra.

The group arrived at the palace at 9:30 in the evening. After a buffet dinner, the jamming began in the King's studio around eleven and lasted until almost five in the morning. Although Carter's group was spelled briefly by His Majesty's regular ensemble, the two Kings played almost continuously. The repertoire included several of the King's compositions, some of Carter's originals (of which the King has an extensive library), some Ellingtonia, and several dixieland evergreens which Carter hadn't played in decades.

Carter's group also performed at the first International Thai jazz festival, held in celebration of the King's 50th anniversary on the throne.

6/8/96: Library of Congress
Premiere of Martin Luther King suite by Benny Carter with orchestra.

3/9/96: An Evening with Benny Carter at Lincoln Center
Premiere of newly-commissioned suite composed by Benny Carter and performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra conducted by Wynton Marsalis.

Also features compositions from the CD "Benny Carter Songbook" performed by Jon Hendricks, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Bobby Short, and Joe Williams with Warren Vaché, Chris Neville, Steve LaSpina, and Sherman Ferguson.