Live at Vicino's
More about the album: Joining Carter on this recording are some of the Washington D.C. areas' finest musicians: Chris Grasso on piano, James King on bass, certainly one of today's premier bassist in the business; Ron Compton on drums, a great versatile player always on the mark and finally Luis Hernandez on tenor sax, a talented player who is with the US Navy Commodore Big Band. All of these musicians make this recording what it is and certainly add to that special something along with Carter's vocals. Enjoy! About Chad Carter: A Washington DC native, CHAD CARTER, developed an interest and appreciation for music at an early age, beginning his musical training and education as a member of the D.C. Youth Orchestra playing the viola. He also briefly studied piano. While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Howard University and graduate degree in information technology at Carnegie Mellon University, Chad regularly sang at local clubs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. However, it wasn't until 1998 that Chad began to seriously pursue his musical interest as a jazz vocalist. This interest was stimulated by his participation in the Elliston Music Studios for Jazz Studies' Vocal Workshops under the direction of Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston. Since that time, Chad has performed at major jazz venues in the Washington, D.C. area such as Vicino's Monday Night Jazz, Blues Alley, The Smithsonian Jazz Café, One Step Down, Utopia, Bohemian Caverns, Twins Lounge, The Islander, Westminster Presbyterian Church Jazz Night, The DC Improv, LaPorta's, the FMJS Y2K Quarterly Concert and Philadelphia's LaRose Supper Club. Chad most recently performed at New York's famous Flushing Town Hall. Among those talented jazz artists with whom Chad has shared the stage and performed are Frank Owens, Lyle Atkinson, Aaron Graves, Bootsie Barnes, Buck Hill, Fred Hughes, Nasar Abadey, Michael Bowie, Bob Butta, Amy Shook, Frank Russo, Steve Novosel, Barbara Morrison, Ronnie Wells, Ron Elliston, Ricky Loza, Hod O'brien, Paul Wingo, Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Luis Hernandez, John Jensen, Frankie Addison, Ron Compton, Wade Beech, James 'Tex' King, Tommy Cecil, Nadine Rae, Wes Biles, Vince Smith, Cheyney Thomas, Alfredo Mojica, Jr., Janelle Gill, Chris Grasso, Pepe Gonzalez, Mickey Roker, and Keith Killgo. In 2002 Chad performed for the great Lionel Hampton in Washington D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building hosted in part by the Honorable Congressman John Conyers. Chad first appeared at the FMSJ East Coast Jazz Festival in 2000, performing a tribute for jazz great and vocalist extraordinaire, Ernie Andrews. Chad was introduced to Mr. Andrews by his teacher and mentor, Ronnie Wells, another extraordinary vocalist. Throughout his musical journey, he has taken his inspiration from these two vocalists. Other artists he counts among his influences include Johnny Hartman, Little Jimmy Scott, Billy Eckstine, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Frank Sinatra. In 2004, Chad launched his debut CD entitled "Chad Carter Live at Vicino's." His second CD is currently in production. Those who appreciate jazz crooning will particularly enjoy Chad's renditions these recordings of classic jazz standards. Chad regularly appears on Monday nights at Vicino's Italian Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland.