James Carter was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. His musical education consisted of private studies with local bop scene veteran Donald Washington as well as tenures at the prestigious Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Carter first came to national attention touring with Wynton Marsalis while only 17. Since then, he has worked with Lester Bowie, Julius Hemphill, The Charles Mingus Big Band, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Kathleen Battle among many others.
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