Monterey Jazz Festival Badge

Monterey Jazz Festival Badge

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Benny Carter’s badge to the 1984 Monterey Jazz Festival held in Monterey, California. The badge is a pink laminated card with Carter’s photograph and a metal clip.

The Monterey Jazz Festival held its debut in 1958 and is one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals. Founded by Jimmy Lyons and his colleague Ralph Gleason, the festival is a celebration of jazz’s legacy through performances by top jazz artists as well as educational programs. Since 1984 (the date on this badge) organizers have sent festival musicians into schools around the Monterey County School District to work with music students.

Benny Carter, born in New York City in 1907, was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader who made a significant contribution to jazz throughout his seventy year career. Carter was a featured performer in the 1984 Monterey Jazz Festival. He has received two Grammy Awards, and in 1986 was granted the NEA Jazz Masters award by The National Endowment for the Arts. Carter died in 2003 at the age of 95.

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Carter, Benny
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 9.525 cm x 1.27 cm
overall: 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 7/16 in; 1.5875 cm x 9.525 cm x 8.73125 cm
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Gift of Hilma Carter
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