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Jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Duane Carter comes from Los Angeles, California. He is a product of Locke High School in South Central L.A. from which sprung such talent as Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, "Ndugu" Leon Chancellor, Gary Bias, just to name a few.

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. While freelancing and leading his own groups around the L.A. area, he earned a B.A. in music performance from California State University, Los Angeles. Duane then became a featured soloist, composer and arranger while serving in the Army. Duane 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.

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.

Never Say Never is Duane’s latest CD released in 2008 in the ISMS record label. The CD was recorded in Austin, Texas at 5th Street Studios by recording engineer Gerardo Larios and produced by Duane Carter and Fito Kahn.

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, 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."

Credits: Duane is joined on Never Say Never by his working band, Eric Calistri – Guitar, Dewayne 'D-Rock' Morris – Bass, Fito Kahn – Percussion, and Steve Sargent – Drums. Special guest include: Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Gary Bias, vocalist Lauren Kahn, urban poet Darin Carter, Los Gallos guitarist Rick Lugo, pianists Kit Holmes, Thomas Mann, and Gerardo Larios.

Several songs stand out on Duane’s newest CD. Among them are the title track Never Say Never, a song inspired by Duane’s determination to not give up on his musical dreams. Estrelas Pretas (Dark Stars) a lively latin jazz tune that features a driving drum and percussion groove was inspired while Duane was in the army’s service in Panama. The song Southern Cali Summer is a family affair featuring Duane’s son Darin and Fito’s daughter Lauren sharing vocal duties. It is also a departure from the traditional and blends rap, latin, and jazz to paint a picture of Duane’s days at the beach in Southern California. Saint-Hood features saxman Gary Bias of Earth, Wind and Fire fame who also happens to be a friend of Duane’s. The song brings back to life some high school memories for Duane. Gary Bias also lends his saxophone skills on Come Follow Me.

Performances: Duane has shared the stage with such notables as Gerald Wilson, Oliver Nelson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Jeff Clayton, Bobby Shew, Justo Almario, Gerald Albright, Patrice Rushen, Gary Bias, Nate Morgan, Wayne Vaughn, Bill

Churchville, Joshua Spiegelman, Daniel LeMelle, and John Lewis. He has performed as a member of The Creative Arts Ensemble, Tibor Molnar's Sevensemble, Nate Morgan's Ujaama Ensemble, the Nightfire Orchestra, Pro2Call, John Thomas Band, and the J-Love Band.

Duane Carter-Trumpet/flugelhorn/
Eric Calistri - Guitar
Steve Sargent - Drums
Fito Kahn - Congas, percussion
Albert Vuong - Keyboards
Dewayne Morris - Bass

John Thomas, "Crack in the Mirror"
Pro2Call, "Second Mile"
Nightfire Orchestra, "Pillar of Fire"
Duane Carter, "Boundless" - 2006
Duane Carter “Never Say Never” 2008

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