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Duane Carter - Latin funk jazz at it's best

Duane Carter

Jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Duane Carter now lives in Austin, Texas, but got here via Los Angeles, California. Duane has studied with jazz greats Bobby Bryant, Sr. and Oscar Brashear, as well as with studio trumpeter Ian Rasey and classical professional John Moots.

He is a product of Locke High School in South Central L.A.  The school has produced musical talent such as Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, "Ndugu" Leon Chancellor, Gary Bias, as well as many others who are working professionally behind the scenes in the music business.

After graduation from high school, Duane began playing with various bands as well as leading his own group around the L.A. area. He also enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles. Where he earned a B.A. in music. After graduation, Duane joined the army where he became a featured soloist, composer and arranger.  After 10 years of service in the Army, Duane returned to California and earned a Master of Arts Degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Interdisciplinary Studies - Music, Theatre, and English - focusing on writing for musical theatre. He received several awards for his compositions, arrangements, and sound designs while first a student then a faculty member at CSUSB.

In 2003 Duane recorded his first CD, "Boundless". The CD is a mixture of styles that reflect Duane's many influences, from Bob Marley to Miles Davis. Duane calls it, "Smooth Jazz with an edge." That edge being a twist of Latin, a splash of reggae, and a generous helping of funk. Shortly after the release of “Boundless”, Duane and his family moved to Austin, Texas.

Duane Carter - Never Say Never CD front coverIn 2008 Duane was signed by ISMS Records and released his next CD “Never Say Never".  Though this CD continues to draw upon his broad eclectic taste, Duane insists that, "this CD is quite different from the last one. I would say I stretched the boundaries even father than before." This is quite evident as you travel from one end of this recording to the other - funk, samba, rap, salsa, and r&b, ambient. "I'm not one to pigeonhole; I'm about music that speaks to the soul. I wanted the music on this CD to represent some of the experiences I have encountered during my journey through life, like musical landmarks." Earth, Wind and Fire Saxman Gary Bias joins Duane on two songs, "Come Follow Me" and "Saint Hood".

Another song on the CD, "Estrelas Pretas" was recently performed on Channel Austin as part of their EXSE music event.

Since coming to Austin, Duane Carter and the Duane Carter Band have become one of the local jazz fans favorites. The band placed in the top 10  jazz bands in the Austin Chronicle’s 2008 music poll. The have also been invited back to the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi after wowing the audiences at the 2008 Festival.  This year’s festival takes place October 16th through the 18th  

Duane is already working hard on his next CD and plans to have it released sometime in January of 2010. If his past work is any indication, his next CD is going to be a collection of songs that will no doubt swing and groove and continue to move and inspire the listener with his unique Latin, funk sounds.

For more information on Duane Carter, visit his website at