These last couple of years I seemed to have submerged myself, though not 100% intentionally, in everything Ellington. I made a ‘modern Ellington’ album, which was produced by my husband, …
Vocalist Deborah J. Carter was born in the U.S.A. and grew up in Hawaii and Japan. She travels extensively performing in jazz festivals, jazz clubs, seminars, and radio and TV shows throught Europe and Asia with her trio or as a guest with various formations from solo pianists to large orchestras. While on tour, she has also given master classes all over the world.
For info about her workshops and masterclasses, see: http://deborahcarter.com/?page_id=2974
Deborah is also currently the Professor of Jazz Vocals at the Musikene Music Conservatory in San Sebastian, Spain. This prestigious school, in the Basque region of Spain, was founded in 2001 by the Basque Government through the establishment of a private foundation
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!”
Deborah also has four other solo CD’s. Her first,” ‘Scuse Me…”, is a flavorful combination of jazz, latin, blues, and gospel. This CD received rave reviews from the international press and one of the first presentation concerts was at the 1998 North Sea Jazz Festival. She later launched a second CD which paid homage to the moon and the nocturnal life with the title song from her own songbook of originals: ” ‘Round Moonlight”. Her third CD, “Girl-Talking!”, is a energetic live performance in The Hague, demonstrating her dynamic stage performance. Scheduled for release in 2016 is the CD “Daytripper”, featuring eleven tracks of fresh and original jazz versions of Beatles’ material.
At a very young age Deborah began as a woodwind instrumentalist in Hawaii and later started learning music theory, arranging, and composition in her early teens in Japan. She continued her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. “All throughout my younger years I was blessed with wonderful teachers and friends that encouraged and inspired me to flourish and grow in music.”
During her residency in Spain she collaborated on CD’s with Max Sunyer, Carles Benavent and Salvador Niebla adding vocals to their typical brand of Mediterranean jazz. “My musical influences while living in Spain added the right amount of passion and intensity to my art.” She also worked in theater in Madrid, then formed her own jazz quintet with whom she appeared in many jazz festivals in major cities in Iberia. She has been an invited guest on national TV and radio shows in addition to acquiring ample experience as a session singer for TV and radio commercials.
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.