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The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection The Charles N. Huggins Project

- William Carter

William Carter, clarinet


In 1993, Bill Carter happily joined his Stanford University classmates Bill Tooley and John Matthews to help create the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation as we know it today. He has served as its Chairman for over 25 years.

Mr. Carter has enjoyed a distinguished side career as a clarinetist, having performed traditional jazz with the great Turk Murphy Jazz Band and numerous others. He is a critically acclaimed photographer and writer.

In the 1960s, he travelled widely as a photojournalist based in New York Beirut, Yemen, Iraq, London and San Francisco. He is well known for his in-depth photographic studies of the Kurdish people. Among his five books, he published the definitive work on New Orleans' Preservation Hall in 1991.

Selections of photographs by Mr. Carter are in the permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Louis Armstrong Archive in Queens, N.Y.; Stanford Libraries’ Special Collections; and other noted collections in the U.S. and Europe.

Bill Carter's Jazz Band playing a San Francisco, Calif. Jazz Festival event: Robbie Schlosser, Bill Carter, Hal Smith, Clint Baker, Carl Lunsford, Jim Klippert
Turk Murphy Jazz Band with "$64,000 Question" contestant Rev. Al Kershaw (with B. Carter clarinet)