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Bryan Carter

Bryan Carter


With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career.

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’s served as the drummer for the beloved children’s television show, “Sesame Street” and appeared as guest drummer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He most recently served as the associate orchestrator for the new Pulitzer Prize winning musical, “A Strange Loop” and co-orchestrator of “Some Like It Hot”.

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.

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 is releasing a new album via Bandstand Presents and La Reserve Records and endorses Ludwig Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and 64 Audio Monitors.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film
  • Tours


  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Dance Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Music Producer/Record Producer
  • Home Studio Whiz

My Instruments

  • Drums


  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Pro-Tools
  • Sibelius




  • He/Him