Vocalist Deborah J. Carter was born in the U.S.A. and grew up in Hawaii and Japan.
This Berklee graduate travels extensively, performing in jazz festivals, theaters, clubs, seminars, and radio and TV shows through Europe, Africa, and Asia with her trio or as a guest with various formations; from solo pianists to large orchestras.
This vocalist / composer / arranger definitely brings her multi – cultural experiences into her music. “We are so privileged in this day and age to have an open door to other cultures and perspectives that enrich our own.” And she brings it to light through her style. Described by the Music Maker magazine as “absolutely top-class”, she is one of the most dynamic vocalists in the jazz scene.
Deborah´s latest release, called “Blue Notes and Red Shoes”, was recorded with her long-standing trio together with internationally renowned guest artists and is a prime example of her favourite genre ‘metropolitan jazz’. In her own words, “It’s a kind of jazz that reflects the energy and spirit of any capital city, in this 21st centrury, that has absorbed the influences and cosmopolitan aspects of its inhabitants. And it’s definitely a Saturday night jazz!”
Besides working with her own group, with whom she performs many of her own arrangements and compositions, Deborah also loves to sing the great jazz classics as a guest artist with a number of established European jazz orchestras. Some of these are: the Metropole Orchestra, the HR (Frankfurt Radio) Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sedavi Latin Jazz Big Band with Mike Mossman (arranger for Tito Puente), the Berlin Jazz Orchestra, the Holland Big Band, the Berlin Opera House Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, the Croatian Radio & TV Orchestra among others.
While on tour, she also teaches masterclasses and workshops all over the world. She also done extensive work as a ‘jazz ambassador’ for the American embassies overseas. Deborah has currently been appointed as the jazz vocal professor of the prestigious Musikene Music Conservatory in San Sebastian, in northern Spain.
For more info on Deborah Carter’s projects and activities: www.deborahjcarter.com