Deborah J. Carter

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Vocalist Deborah J. Carter was born in the U.S.A. and grew up in Hawaii and Japan. She travels extensively performing in jazz festivals, jazz clubs, seminars, and radio and TV shows through Europe and Asia with her trio or as a guest with various formations; from solo pianists to large orchestras. While on tour, she has also given master classes, often sponsored by US embassies all over the world.

This vocalist / composer / arranger definitely brings her multi - cultural experiences into her music. “We are so privileged in this day and age to have an open door to other cultures and perspectives that enrich our own.” And she brings it to light through her style. Described by the Music Maker magazine as “absolutely top-class”, she is one of the most dynamic vocalists in the jazz scene....
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“One of the most significant American-born jazz singers based in Europe (having lived 15 years in Spain and nearly that many in the Netherlands), Deborah Carter is a delight to hear. Not only does she have a very appealing voice and a thorough understanding of jazz, but her enthusiasm is infectious. A regular at jazz festivals, an important educator, and a frequent guest with big bands, she is most often heard with her regular trio which is featured (along with guests) throughout Blue Notes and Red Shoes. Deborah Carter has accomplished a great deal during her career thus far, and she is very much in her prime these days. Blue Notes and Red Shoes serves as a perfect introduction to her joyful artistry.” - Scott Yanow, eminent jazz critic/journalist and author of several books on jazz music and history

All About Jazz - Mark Turner: Deborah J. Carter is the epitome of a world class jazz singer.... a jazz songstress who deserves a wider audience. Greg Carrol - Director of Education IAJE Deborah is one of the hardest swinging vocalists I have heard. Musicmaker Magazine: Her jazzy repertoire is pleasant to listen to and her voice is world-class....Absolutely top-class...

Jazzdimensions - Johannes Kloth: The voice of Deborah Carter equally embodies Latin, Soul and Blues. Deborah Carter has an unbelievably powerful voice, which on her third album again is supported by, unquestionably, a rhythmically strong combo consisting of Coen Molenaar (piano), Mark Zandveld (bass) and Enrique Firpi (drums). With “Girl Talking!” Deborah Carter puts out a quite refreshing and solid live album.

Jazzdimensions: Her voice is warm, powerful, expressive and not obtrusive. She is easy to listen to. And she has really something to say.

Jazz Not Jazz: ….it's such a good album like you would expect from an US American jazz singer like Carmen Lundy, Diane Reeves or Nneena Freelon. With a great singer and a fine mixture of originals with (not so obvious) cover versions 'Round Moonlight is really a great and pleasant album that any lover of female jazz singers should have.

Goudsche Courant: She sings with a strong jazzy phrasing, and reminds sometimes of DeeDee Bridgewater, and sometimes of Sarah Vaughn.... great intensity and driven performance.

Zwolsche Courant: ...played with love and solid craftmanship. She sings relaxed, loosely swinging, and with a pinch of latin. And with that unmistakable feel that is the essence of jazz.

The Jazz Site: Deborah reminds in parts of Janis Siegel from Manhattan Transfer with her phraseology on the title track 'Scuse me' , the Turrentine influenced 'Sugar 2 me' and also Carmen Lundy ( Invitations ), Marilyn Scott (Avenida del sol) and Dee Dee Bridgewater (Here's that rainy day), yet on the Lennon and McCartney classic 'Golden Slumbers' and the silky 'breathless' she has the velvet voice of an Anita Baker ballad. Jazz Site Rating - 9 outa 10

Mindener Tageblatt: Impressive was, above all, her amazing phrasing, which shows her solid background as a saxophonist. Her gospel roots also accompany Deborah Carter in her varied musical mixture from rhythm-and-blues, pop jazz, and latin. Her voice runs through a fascinating range, and masters even high registers seemingly easily.

Groninger Dagblad: Voice, timing, charisma, all perfect.

De Telegraaf Deborah has a beautiful voice, perfect timing, [with] immaculate delivery with [soul-stirring] influences by the great women of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. Seemingly effortlessly she expanded her interest and skills to encompass Latin-jazz, funk and blues.

  • Girl-Talking!

    Timeless Records
  • 'Round Moonlight

    Timeless Records

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