Jazz Great Benny Carter Dies at 95 Legendary saxophonist Benny Carter, who helped launch the golden age of big-band jazz, dies at age 95. In his six-decade career, Carter performed or wrote music for jazz legends Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Carter was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and the congressional designation as a National Treasure of Jazz in 1988. NPR's Bob Edwards has a remembrance.

Jazz Great Benny Carter Dies at 95

Jazz Great Benny Carter Dies at 95

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Legendary saxophonist Benny Carter, who helped launch the golden age of big-band jazz, dies at age 95. In his six-decade career, Carter performed or wrote music for jazz legends Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Carter was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and the congressional designation as a National Treasure of Jazz in 1988. NPR's Bob Edwards has a remembrance.