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, and many others who have excelled and are working professionally in the music business.
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. After 10 years of service in the Army Band, 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 while first a student then a faculty member at CSUSB.
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.
Later that year Duane and his wife, independent filmmaker Michelle Carter, relocated to Austin, Texas. After hearing Duane at a private function, independent record company owner Fito Kahn invited Duane to record under his label, ISMS Records. The result is Duane's new CD entitled Never Say Never.
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, timbalero Andrés Telles, and the Barton Strings.