Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

November 27, 1995

Renowned Jazz Musician and Composer Benny Carter Speaks at the Library of Congress

Max Roach Lecture Rescheduled for December 19

The Library of Congress continues its free Jazz Film and Lecture Series on Dec. 1, when the versatile bandleader, composer, and jazz instrumentalist Benny Carter comes to discuss his life, his work and his music on film. Carter's long career includes playing in the bands of Louis Deppe, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, and Duke Ellington. In 1940, Carter formed his own band at the fabled Savoy Ballroom. He also composed film scores and wrote for television. Among his credits for films and television are "A Man Called Adam" (1966), "Red Sky at Morning" (1970) and "Buck and the Preacher"; he wrote television scores for "Ironsides," "The Name of the Game," "Bob Hope Presents," and "The Alfred Hitchcock Show."

The program on Dec. 1 begins with two showings of Harrison Engle's film "Symphony In Riffs" (1989), at 5 and 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Reservations are required for the film, due to limited seating.

Following the film, at 8 p.m., the public is invited to join Mr. Carter and his biographer Ed Berger in the Mumford Room for a lecture and discussion. The Mumford Room is on the sixth floor of the Madison Building.

All events are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 707-5677 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before showtime, after which standby patrons will be admitted.


The Max Roach film and lecture, originally scheduled for Nov. 14 in the Pickford Theater and the Mumford Room, will take place Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Mumford Room. No reservations will be taken; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Two films about the legendary drummer, "Max Roach in Concert" and "Max Roach in Session," will be shown and followed by a lecture by Mr. Roach. This is the final program in the 1995-96 Library of Congress Jazz Film series.

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PR 95-162a
ISSN 0731-3527

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