Official Nebraska Government Website Nebraska State Historical Society

 John Falter's Jazz Portraits

        Benny Carter

Benny Carter
played alto saxophone and trumpet, in addition to arranging, composing, and educating. Carter played with Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, and others. He also led his own band, which included Miles Davis, J. J. Johnson, and Max Roach.

There are internationally known jazz artists depicted in this exhibition, among them Mr. Benny Carter, who in a recent Downbeat Magazine poll of world critics received the highest number of votes for "the greatest living jazz player on any instrument."   -- John Falter

Benny Carter

John Falter
pencil and tempera paint on colored paper, 1971

The radiating lines around Carter's head have an energetic, spontaneous quality that is somewhat lacking in his print of the same subject.

Donor: John P. Falter Collection


Benny Carter

John Falter
lithograph, from the "Jazz from Life" series, 1971

In contrast to the drawing of Carter, the lines of the print seem more controlled, leaving the face slightly detached and less integrated into the overall composition.

Donor: Cliff's Notes, Inc.



Virtual Exhibits


Colorado Jazz Party

World's Greatest Jazz Band

   Lou Stein & Carl Fontana

   Vic Dickenson

   Ed Hubble

   Bobby Wilber & Bud Freeman

   Ralph Sutton

Jazz in Action

   Cliff Leeman

   Gus Johnson & Budd Johnson

   Willie "the Lion" Smith

   Benny Carter

   Teddy Wilson

   Dick Hyman

   John Mince

   Clark Terry & Zoot Simms

In the Studio

Pee Wee Erwin of Falls City

Odessa Jazz Party 1
Kai Winding, Milt Hinton, Bert Ellis, Ross Tompkins

   Bucky Pizzarelli

   Jack Lesberg

Odessa Jazz Party 2
Stan Wrightsman, Skeets Herfurt, "Wild Bill" Davison




back next

NSHS Home  |  Search  |  Index  |  Top  |  Back  |  Next
Last updated 11 April 2012

For questions or comments on the website itself, email
Nebraska State Historical Society - P.O. Box 82554, 1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68501
Nebraska State Government Homepage  |  Website Policies  |  © 2012 All Rights Reserved