Bryan Carter personifies the word "finesse."
Kenny Barron, NEA Jazz Master
It's simple, Bryan Carter assembled a powerhouse band for this coming out party, and composed incredible music as their vehicle for expression. There's no doubt that this kid's career will continue to flourish.
Bryan Carter shows a seasoned approach that belies his young age...He is definitely one to watch.
With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career.
Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis, Ted Nash, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.
Carter's profound respect for the jazz tradition and his ability to create new music that reflects a deep connection to the rich this heritage is not surprising given his background. Beginning drums at the age of three, Carter quickly developed a strong passion for music – especially jazz. By the age of eleven he had already studied with legendary drummers Louie Bellson, Harold Jones, and Ed Thigpen. By the end of his high school years Carter was selected as a two-time member of the Illinois all-state combo, the highest honor in the state. He was accepted to the prestigious Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, the Vail Jazz Workshop, and the Grammy Jazz Ensemble.
Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross-collaborative performance.
As a new artist, Carter's access to extensive outlets lead to performances at iconic and globally recognized venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Staples Center and the Chicago Symphony Center. He also continues to travel and perform at clubs, festivals and concert halls around the world.
The Bryan Carter Quintet released its first CD entitled "Enchantment" in May 2011. "Enchantment" peaked in the top 15 of the Jazz Week Radio Charts and CMJ Jazz Charts. The album featured all original music that resonates with all the energy, emotion, power and intellect that has distinguished the finest jazz for decades that reflects his artistry as a writer and instrumentalist.
Aside from performing Carter has become an acclaimed educator having conducted hundreds of clinics, master-classes and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter serves as a teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, "Jazz for Young People" program.
Having been surrounded by music since birth, Carter embodies eclectic influences ranging from jazz masters like Ellington, Monk, and Davis, to composers Puccini and Stravinsky and pop visionaries Wonder and Jackson. An over-flowing vessel of talent, skill and focus, Bryan Carter demands not to be forgotten or overlooked.
Carter currently resides in New York City, and is a Vic Firth Artist