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James Carter Workshop – Auckland

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21st October 2018 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland Print this page Email a friend
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James Carter Workshop – Auckland

KBB MusicCJC Creative Jazz Club AotearoaThe University of Auckland, and the Rodger Fox Big Band present a rare chance to learn from and experience a saxophone master, no matter what level you are at. 

WHEN:  Sunday 21st October 2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm
 Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland
TICKETS: $30 – Available at Eventfinda | TEL: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

James Carter is one of the greatest saxophonists on the planet today. A virtuoso in every respect. An outstandingly gifted musician deeply rooted in the jazz tradition who is forging new pathways through his creative genius. He has won the Down Beat Magazine's Critics and Readers Choice award for best Baritone saxophone for several years running and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Lester Bowie, The World Saxophone Quartet, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Mingus Big Band and many others. He has released multiple critically acclaimed CD's and is in constant demand as a soloist - a true inspiration.

"James Carter has cemented his reputation as one of the most adventurous, visionary young reed players on the cusp of this new millennium…. Not as an outsider, but as one of the most exciting young virtuosos in contemporary music" - Jazz Times

James Carter will also be performing with Steve Gadd and The Rodger Fox Big Band at The Bruce Mason Centre, 21 October.

This workshop is brought to you with the support of KBB MusicCJC Creative Jazz Club AotearoaRodger Fox Big Band, and The University of Auckland

James Carter – Saxophonist

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Down Beat magazine's Critics and Readers Choice award for baritone saxophone several years in a row.

James Carter has cemented his reputation as one of the most adventurous, visionary young red platers on the cusp of the new millennium….Not as an outsider, but as one of the most exciting. Chip Stern, JAZZ TIMES

Carter was born in Detroit, Michigan, and learned to play under the tutelage of Donald Washington, becoming a member of his youth jazz ensemble Bird-Trane-Sco-NOW!! As a young man, Carter attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, becoming the youngest faculty member at the camp. He first toured Europe (Scandinavia) with the International Jazz Band in 1985 at the age of 16.

On May 31, 1988, at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Carter was a last-minute addition for guest artist Lester Bowie, which turned into an invitation to play with his new quintet (forerunner of his New York Organ Ensemble) in New York City that following November at the now defunct Carlos 1 jazz club. This was pivotal in Carter's career, putting him in musical contact with the world, and he moved to New York two years later. He has been prominent as a performer and recording artist on the jazz scene since the late 1980s, playing saxophones, flute, and clarinets. “You have to be totally comfortable wherever,” Carter says. “I feel that music equals life, that’s the way my teacher always taught me. You just can’t go through life and experience it fully with a set of blinders on. I think there’s tremendous beauty in cross-pollinations of music and influences.”

In many ways, weaving together divergent impulses is at the heart of Carter’s music. Like the late tenor sax titan Ben Webster, he’s given to furious, high-velocity solos, but is just as likely to wax sentimental, using his big, bruising tone to tenderly caress a comely melody. In 2000, he released two albums simultaneously that amounted to an anti-manifesto, a proclamation that everything is fair game.

Now Carter presents us with James Carter’s Elektrik Outlet, a new configuration within which he has found a new groove to explore. Shifting his sax into a keen array of electronics and pedals just might be the perfect “outlet” for Carter to tap into that “frustrated guitarist” that he often describes himself to be. An excellent selection of tunes from Eddie Harris, Gene Ammons, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Minnie Ripperton and others provides impetus for Carter’s Elektrik Outlet to sizzle, slide, and pop. Adding energy to the group are fellow Detroit artists, Gerard Gibbs on electronic keyboards, Ralphe Armstrong on electric bass and Alex White on drums.