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Mr. Bryan Carter - The Jazz Golden Boy

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At the age of three, Bryan picked up drumsticks.


By the age of eleven, Bryan had already studied with legendary drummers Louie Bellson, Harold Jones, and Ed Thigpen.


Throughout his career, he has already played and/or recorded with an array of 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 and currently tours with vocalists Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.


Bryan represents a new wave of jazz, combining a profound respect for tradition with a fresh vitality. He calls it “bringing the party back to jazz.”



How did you get started with music? Why do you do it and how do you think you've gained the success that you have?

Music has always been a major part of my life. My father is a musician and he instilled a deep love of art and a tenacious work ethic. He used to say, “talent means nothing if you’re not willing to work”. I believe this way of thinking has led me to many of my successes.


Tell us a little bit about your background.

When I was 17 I applied to about eight different schools, some purely academic. Once I was admitted to Juilliard I pretty much forgot about the other seven. While at school I fell in love with the city and decided that I never want to leave.


What's the highlight of your career?

Recently I led a group of condensed big band with strings on stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. I’ve wanted to headline that venue since I was 13 years old. It was surreal to finally realize that dream.


What do you do for fun?

I really enjoy watching movies, plays and checking out new restaurants.


What are your favorite places to hang in NYC?

I have my local bar in NYC where I know everyone. Central park is where I go to clear my head. You can usually find me at one of the jazz clubs in the city—either playing or just hanging out.


What’s something people who only know you through your work would be surprised to know?

I have no artistic ability of any kind. I can’t draw, paint, color, stencil, cut, paste or anything else. I was an RA at Juilliard and my floor board was a complete mess. Luckily I have music on my side.

How can we see you live?

Come see me play a free show at the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on Tuesday October 18th at 9:15pm!



Follow Bryan at @bryancartermusic




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