Joe Carter Quartet

b. Joseph Carter, 1956, USA. Carter studied guitar from early childhood, and in his higher education earned degrees in Jazz Performance. His studies included time attending New York University and privately…
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b. Joseph Carter, 1956, USA. Carter studied guitar from early childhood, and in his higher education earned degrees in Jazz Performance. His studies included time attending New York University and privately with Allan Hanlon, Sal Salvador and John Scofield. Carter also studied with saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Don Friedman. In 1988, he played a two-week engagement at the People, a nightclub in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During this short stay, Carter absorbed aspects of Brazilian music that thereafter became a staple of his own repertoire. In addition to obvious examples of Brazilian music, such as bossa nova and samba, Carter also became expert in elements less well known outside Brazil, including baião and frevo. In particular, he has delved back into past styles and songs, becoming a gifted interpreter of Brazilian music from the 30s and 40s as well as pursuing the music of contemporary composers. Among these composers, past and present, are Mauricio Einhorn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Lyra and Noel Rosa. Carter has also shown himself to be adept at composing in a similar style.

Among musicians with whom Carter has performed, sometimes on record, are many leading names of jazz and Brazilian music, including Konitz, trumpeters Art Farmer and Bill Hardman Jnr. , saxophonists Junior Cook and Cecil Payne, pianists Mike Longo and Richard Wyands, bass players Luis Alves, David Finck (who nicknamed the guitarist ‘Antonio Carlos Joe Carter’), Nilson Matta, Rufus Reid, Harvie Swartz and Nabil Totah, and drummers João Cortez, Ray Mosca, Porthino and Akira Tana. In addition to his work in the USA and Brazil, Carter has also performed at clubs and festivals in France, Germany and India.

In the early 00s, Carter taught at Sacred Heart University and Hartford Conservatory, both in Connecticut, where his courses cover many aspects of the guitar, as well as conducting seminars in the USA and Europe. Carter has also written a number of instructional books for guitarists, including Advancing Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar and Tonal Colors For Guitar. (NB: This artist should not be confused with same named guitarists working in blues and country.)