From 1977 until 1995, Benny Carter made regular tours of Japan leading specially assembled orchestras. As road manager for eight of those tours, I was fortunate to be able to hang around Benny and his musicians and to capture some of the spirit of these wonderful journeys with my camera. I've selected some images from the 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1992 tours and posted them in seven sets here. Benny naturally valued musicianship, but he also stressed the need to select musicians who were good people. The members of these bands were great players and great human beings as well. Sadly, many of these artists have since passed away and this modest display is in tribute to them and, of course, to Benny Carter. Departed bandmembers include:

Bill Berry
Pete Candoli
George Duvivier
Sherman Ferguson
Larry Gales
Dizzy Gillespie
Bill Green
Thurman Green
Johnny Griffin
Gus Johnson
Joe Kennedy, Jr.
Harold Land
Jack Nimitz
Cecil Payne
Herman Riley
Britt Woodman
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