Chad Carter

Chad Carter

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7:00 PMChad CarterPerformanceMAJF Club


CHAD CARTER, a Washington DC native, developed an interest and appreciation for music at an early age, beginning his musical training and education as a member of the D.C. Youth Orchestra playing the viola. He also briefly studied piano. After earning an undergraduate degree at Howard University, Chad found his way to jazz singing…” -( Since that time, “Chad Carter’s odyssey has taken him through the Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston jazz vocal workshop, gigs with the late DC drummer Ricky Loza, volunteer work on Wells and Elliston’s former East Coast Jazz Festival (re-christened in 2010 as the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival) and sitting in with all manner of DC’s finest. Graduate studies took him to Pittsburgh, where he became a regular at Pittsburgh Jazz Society jam sessions, and interacted with such Pittsburgh stallwarts as drummer Roger Humphries. After graduate studies, in true DIY fashion, Chad began casting about for his own platform on the DC jazz scene.” – Willard Jenkins (openskyjazz) Artists with whom Chad has shared the stage include, Wynton Marsalis, Buck Hill, Kevin Mohogany, Bootsie Barnes, Roy Hargrove, Frank Owens, Aaron Graves, Jimmy Heath, Danny Mixon, Barbara Morrison, Rebecca Paris, Buddy Williams, Mickey Rocker and Paul Carr to name a few. Chad’s recent CD release, “LET ME LOVE YOU” features arrangements by Frank Owens and features special guest NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath on saxophone. For more information visit


In 2002 Chad performed for the great Lionel Hampton in Washington D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Honorable Congressman John Conyers. Chad’s most recent musical milestone was the honor of playing as one of the headliners for Jazzmobile in November of 2015. Some artists Chad counts among his influences include but are not limited to Ronnie Wells, Ernie Andrews, Johnny Hartman, Lena Horne, Johnny Mathis, Little Jimmy Scott, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra.

In 2004, Chad launched his debut CD entitled Chad Carter Live at Vicino’s. His second CD ‘Chad Carter: I Got Up!’ was released in mid-2009. Chad’s third recording, “LET ME LOVE YOU” featuring special guest NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath was released in mid-2012. Chad also had the great privilege of having master pianist and musical director, Frank Owens, to play and arrange all of the tunes on the CD. Those who appreciate jazz crooning will particularly enjoy Chad`s renditions of these classic jazz standards. Also with these great standards is another original from Chad, as was true on the last project. Chad defers to the tried and true tunes we’ve all come to know as standards. However, he wants to slow walk his creative writing in hopes that as he develops musically, that he too will one day pen a tune we all come to consider a “Standard.”


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