Tom at Monsey, New York   Leave a comment

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Tom at Monsey, New York

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J. Carter England, Jr.

In the early 1970s [probably around 1974] Thomas Pynchon visited J. Carter England’s home in Monsey, NY. Tom wanted to meet Carter because he was a jazz musician, played the tenor saxophone, and very well read. In addition to having some good laughs and good food, Tom and Carter likely discussed history, jazz and literature.

At the time Tom visited, Carter lived at 16 Kuperman Lane, Monsey, NY [aka 112 College Road before rezoning]

J. (Jay) Carter England, Jr.  was born in Danville, Illinois 6 April 1921.  From 1933 to 1942 Carter lived in Tremonton & Ogdon, Utah. He attended Box Elder High School, Brigham City, Utah. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Feb. 19, 1942 to Oct. 12, 1945.  Carter was stationed on Midway and in 1945 he completed his service at the rank of sargent in San Diego, California. While living in Burbank, California in the early 1950s, Carter studied music at the Westlake College of Music in Hollywood, CA, the first academic music programs in the country that offered a jazz curriculum. He was a Professor of History – Western Civilization at N.Y.U. and Rockland Community College from Sept. 1963 to June 1983, retiring as Associate Professor of Music. Carter was a Tenor Sax, Clarinetist and Bassonist in the Los Angeles, Reno, Las Vegas and New York jazz era of the late 1940’s, early 1950’s and 1960’s.

Carter was a passionate man who loved to discuss history, politics, literature, music and hear or tell a good joke. He worked for Pacific Jazz Records under Richard Bock in the early 1950’s. Carter also played for Lena Horne and Lennie Hayton, her accompanist & arranger said he got the “best sound on bass clarinet.” Carter also enjoyed a four week engagement playing in the band for Frank Sinatra. He also played tenor sax with Bob Lively. Mr. England headed the musicians union in Las Vegas in the early 1950’s and the teachers union at Rockland Community College in the 1970’s. He is now in “The Great Jam Session in the Sky” (d. 27 July 2005).

16 Kuperman Lane, Monsey, NY




Posted March 23, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas Pynchon

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