His debut recording, JC On The Set, released in Japan when Carter was a mere 23 years old, heralded the arrival of a significant and powerful new musical force in jazz.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1969, James Carter began playing saxophone at age 11, first recorded with a Detroit student ensemble in 1986 and, by 1991, had recorded with legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie on The Organizer and contributed to the 1991 collection The Tough Young Tenors.


James Carter's clinic in Moscow.

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Latest Events

James Carter - Cultural Arts Center Special Guest of Poncho Sanchez

Date: 05 April 2014

Location: USA, Miami, FL

James Carter - Concerto for Saxophones Virginia Symphony Orchestra Ferguson Center for the Arts

Date: 14 March 2014

End Date: 15 March 2014

Location: USA, Newport News, VA

James plays on


PMB - 300 UL

System - 76 2nd. Edition

PMXT - 66R

Selected Albums

04 June 1996

Chasin the Gypsy

02 October 1995

Conversin With the Elders

11 October 1994

Jurassic Classics