Some of you probably don't know who Mr. Carter was. He was a brilliant musician, composer, arranger and bandleader. One of the greats along with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Here's a brief announcement on his passing. His website, www.BennyCarter.com issued the following statement: Benny Carter died peacefully early Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after a brief illness. Although physically weak, he remained completely lucid and enjoyed speaking with many of his friends worldwide over the past few weeks. The funeral service will be private but we will post information concerning upcoming memorials. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morroe Berger - Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund, Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07102.