Growing up in what is now called South Central Los Angeles, Duane was exposed to some of the best musicians and widely diverse music on the planet. He attended Locke High School, which was a fertile breeding ground for local talent. His peers included Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, Gary Bias (Earth, Wind & Fire), and "Ndugu" Leon Chancellor, just to name a few.
While in high school he formed his band Watashi. Some musicians that have played with Watashi at some point included saxophonist Ricky Washington, bassist Charles Meeks (Chuck Mangione), drummers Cornell Fauler, Shasta Harville, George Buckner, Jr. and pianists Wayne Vaughn (Earth, Wind & Fire) and Patrice Rushen.
Duane has studied with trumpet greats Bobby Bryant, Sr., Oscar Brashear, Uan Rasey, and John Moots, and theory and composition with Hugh Mullins and Angela Jelliffe. He received a B.A. in Music Performance from California State University, Los Angeles, a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - which combined the disciplines of Music, Theatre, and English - from California State University, San Bernardino, and a MSIS (Master of Science in Information Studies) with a focus on academic music librarianship from The University of Texas at Austin. Duane's work at California State University, San Bernardino focused on writing for musical theatre. In the process he honed his skills in both playwriting and screenwriting, while at the same time learning to incorporate his compositional skills in a musical theatre setting. Besides writing the libretto and score for his own musical, Forever Yours, Duane wrote and arranged music for several other productions while a student. His work for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night earned him honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Upon completion of his degree, Duane was hired as associate professor to create a score and act as sound designer for the experimental play Keep Hedz Ringin' by Rickerby Hinds. This was a hip-hop adaptation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, which also won Duane acclaim at the KCACTF.
Duane was a member of the United States Army Band from 1981-1991. He toured throughout South and Central America while serving as a principal trumpet player, soloist and arranger with the 79th Army Band, “SouthCOM Ambassadors”, stationed in the Republic of Panama. Duane was also a principal trumpet player, soloist, arranger, jazz combo leader, dance bandleader and stage bandleader with the prestigious 6th Army Band from the Presidio of San Fransisco. While in the Bay Area he led his jazz quintet, Quintessence and 9 piece R & B band, Out of Control. Returning to civilian life, Duane settled in the Inland Empire where he taught and continued to freelance. He has performed as a member of the Almond-Carter-Thomas Band, Tibor Molnar's Sevensemble, Nate Morgan's Ujaama Ensemble, the Nightfire Orchestra, Pro2Call, and the J-Love Band. Over the years Duane has been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with such greats as Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, John Clayton, Jimmy Smith, Justo Almario, Buddy Collette, George Bohannon, Stacy Rowles, and Gerald Wilson.
|POSTED BY: momof5pacs||POSTED ON: 01 Jun 2008 11:29 AM|
On “Never Say Never”, Duane Carter's outstanding trumpet melodies brightly shine above a smooth jazz background. Duane's impressive trumpet skills are nicely backed on the CD by a group of outstanding musicians. The tracks are nicely varied in tempo and style, yet they are all guided by Duane's melodic songwriting. “Playa Amador” adds a wonderful Latin touch to the CD, and is accentuated by outstanding vocal harmonies. The beautiful female vocals in "You're as Right as Rain" add a wonderful complement to Duane's memorable trumpet counter-melody. "Saint Hood" has a funky groove led by hammering bass work, and an outstanding syncopated lead line. If you enjoy trumpet virtuosos and silky smooth jazz with different subgenre influences, you'll love this CD.-Lea and the RadioIndy Reviewer Team
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