On Friday, November 10, 2023, Tony Award-winner and SHS Alumni Bryan Carter received the nomination for "Best Musical Theater Album" at The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards for "Some Like It Hot." Recently, Carter and co-orchestrator Charlie Rosen made history as the first orchestrators to sweep all three major awards in a single season at the Tony Awards: 76th Annual Tony Awards (Best Orchestrations), Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding Orchestrations) and the Drama Desk Awards. (Outstanding Orchestrations). COngratulations to Bryan on this outstanding achievement!
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With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and affirm the presence of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter has established an immensely successful and multi-faceted career as a drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger, orchestrator and bandleader.
Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Barron, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.
Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross-collaborative performance.
Bryan is currently touring across the world with his band, “The Swangers”, a diverse semi-acoustic band built upon a foundation of brash eclecticism as well as it’s expanded “concert-driven” counterpart, "The Swangers Orchestra”. He served as the house drummer for NBC’S “Maya & Marty” starring Maya Rudolph, Keenan Thompson and Martin Short. The show has featured guests including Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Tom Hanks, Drake, Steve Martin and Tina Fey. He also served as the drummer for the beloved children’s television show, “Sesame Street”.
Bryan most recently contributed additional orchestrations to the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical "A Strange Loop" and served as co-orchestrator for Broadway's “Some Like It Hot”—a new musical comedy, based on the classic MGM film, with music by Marc Shaiman. Along with his co-orchestrator Charlie Rosen, Tony Award-winners Carter and Rosen made history as the first orchestrators to sweep all three major awards in a single season: 76th Annual Tony Awards (Best Orchestrations), Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding Orchestrations) and the Drama Desk Awards. (Outstanding Orchestrations)
Aside from performing Carter conducts clinics, master-classes and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter served as a founding teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Jazz for Young People” program in New York City. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+, Bryan is committed to the creation of safe spaces for young musicians from all walks of life. This past summer Carter produced, "Jazz at Pride: A Celebration of the LGBTQIA+ Community within the Jazz Community". This landmark event brought together over thirty musicians and coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
In March 2024, Bryan will premiere his new orchestral work, "Rustin in Renaissance", at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The oratorio chronicles the life and times of Bayard Rustin: an unsung American hero at the forefront of the fight for civil rights, gay rights and economic justice.
When Bryan is not on-stage or in the studio, he can be found expanding audiences for jazz via written publications, YouTube and as a presenter on television. Bryan’s new album, “I Believe”, is available via Bandstand Presents and La Reserve Records.