About Joe Carter
Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz”, a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, Baiao and MPB.
Joe Carter has recorded and performed with Jazz artists such Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid and others and with Brazilian artists such as Luiz Eca, Mauricio Einhorn, Robertinho Silva, Paulo Russo and others. In addition, he has recorded several CDs through the years, his most recent is Both Sides of the Equator, with bassist David Finck and percussionist Ze Mauricio.
Owen McNally (the Hartford Courant) says:
“A guitarist whose playing is graced with clarity and speech-like lines in his phrasing, Carter has chosen to express his embrace of both North and South America in an intimate trio setting. This chamber music format is ideal for Carter’s conversational, story-telling mode of playing. His artistic voice especially flourishes in the challenge of dialogue. Mutual exchanges act as a catalyst for his fresh ideas that unfold in clean, crisp, lyrical lines.”
Joe Carter is currently the Director of the Academic Music Programs at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where he teaches The History of Jazz, The Music of Latin America and directs the Jazz Ensemble.
“Listen carefully! If this kind of music ever disappears we are in trouble. Subtlety, especially on the guitar, is not especially in demand these days, but substance of the Carter variety is worth a lot more than all the others’ decibels.” – Owen Cordle, JAZZTIMES Magazine, U.S.A.
“His show is a gift to those who, tired of noise, want to listen to music played in a sensitive and intelligent way.” – Chico Nelson, JORNAL DO BRASIL, Brazil
“Subtle, elegant, dynamic, lyrical, WONDERFUL!” – THE AFTERNOON DESPATCH & COURIER, India
“One can feel that Joe Carter plays only to create beauty.” – Francois Postiff, France