Bryan Carter

Bryan Carter

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Bryan Carter is a talented jazz drummer, band leader and educator based in New York City. Although relatively young, Carter has already played with greats such as Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, and Wynton Marsalis as well as rising jazz musicians such as Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and Veronica Swift. Carter also performs with his band, "The Young Swangers." In addition to performing, Carter conducts workshops and clinics at schools and universities all over the world.


While at Juilliard, Bryan Carter received the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L Jackson Scholarship. Bryan Carter was the house drummer for the NBC show "Maya & Marty" starring Maya Rudolph, Keenan Thompson and Martin Short. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, in 2020 Carter produced, "Jazz at Pride: A Celebration of the LGBTQIA+ Community within the Jazz Community".

Early Life

Bryan Carter grew up in Southern Illinois, the youngest of 5 brothers. His father was a high school band director and the leader of East St. Louis' world-renowned Lincoln Senior High School Jazz Ensemble. From an early age Carter was surrounded my music. He began playing the drums at age 3 and by 5 knew that he wanted to be a jazz drummer. While a child he studied with legendary drummers Louie Bellson, Harold Jones, and Ed Thigpen. Carter attended the Juilliard School and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Music and Jazz Studies.