Bill Carter

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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: February 21, 1960    

Presbybop Music is a musical venture of Bill Carter, jazz pianist and Presbyterian minister.

After years of pretending to split the life of faith from the music of jazz, Bill has been trying to find links between the two halves of his brain. Presbybop Music is his attempt to integrate his strong Presbyterian faith with the rhythms of bebop.

In 1993 he formed the Presbybop Quartet with Al Hamme, his college music professor from Binghamton University. Together with drummer Tom Whaley and bassist Tony Marino, the band has been turning heads on the musical scene - and adding new dimensions to the faith and worship of the Christian church....
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”Bill Carter is a great piano player. I think his music is wonderful, and I highly recommend his recordings.” - Dave Brubeck

Can any of you jazz fans out there imagine what it would be like if Dave Brubeck was living a double life, one as a Presbyterian minister and the other as a piano-playing leader of a jazz quartet? The Rev. Bill Carter and his jazz band, named after both of his vocations, answer that musical question. Not only does the Presbybop Quartet sound like Brubeck's classic 1950s group, the famous jazz pianist is a fan of this current aggregation. - Charlie Ricci -

“Now we applaud the efforts of Presbyterian pastor and jazz pianist Bill Carter. All the gifts of jazz are here: imagination, improvisation, freedom, rhythm, and collaboration. Spiritual gifts indeed!” - Jeff Kellam - Presbyterians Today

“What Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet have done with some classically religious pieces is just wonderful. It opens new ways of hearing old -- and favorite -- and powerful pieces. And adds some new things, too! For me, it continually expands my mind and soul.” - Art Sundstrom, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

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