DONA CARTER

Band Leader, Pianist~Composer, Educator.

Touching the lives of my students

It warms my heart when my former students thank me for helping them with their musical quests. I can remember so many people helping me become the person I am today.Thank you.

Save the dates: my band will perform at Cleopatra's Needle, NYC  Feb.10, March 24 & May 19, 2017.

For an exciting page turner go to:

                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/books

"city fables real or imagined" a novella by Dona Carter is on Kindle-amazon.com.

"city fables real or imagined" is a novella about a family that faces hardship with grace, deception with loyalty, frailty with faith, and so much more!

Written by Dona Carter, it's no wonder that one of the main characters is a musician.Now available at    

http://www.amazon.com/books. You can email Dona Carter at dona.dcjazz@gmail.com for details.

summer June 6 - 10, 2016 bryant park featured pianist dona carter. a beautiful week!

 

Enjoy live solo piano music in a lovely outdoor setting. Free to the public.  12:30-2:30  pm. All are welcome. Bryant Park is located at 42nd Street and Ave. of the Americas.

About Dona Carter

Dona Carter has been active as a pianist, composer and music educator in the New York area for many years.  She has written and arranged music for large and small ensembles, often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She is affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), a member of the musicians Union Local 802, and is also a Steinway Educational Partner.

 Dona Carter is originally from Hartford Connecticut, where she attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music. Once in New York she continued music studies and earned degrees in music at Barnard College, Columbia University and also at Lehman College. She has performed in a variety of venues from Town Hall and Lincoln Center to CUNY Graduate Center’s Recital Hall.  Along the way there were many local clubs and cafes where she’s delighted the audiences with her lyrical piano style. She mentors performing arts students of all ages, recently as music director of an adaptation of Fame. Dona Carter has several CDs featuring many of her original compositions which are available at CD Baby, YouTube and iTunes. Show host Lamon Fenner has interviewed her on WHCR’s Sunday Jazz Break at 8, where her music is often played.

 

You can follow Dona Carter on Twitter and check out her website http://www.donacarter.webs.com/.  She is a member of Riverside Church’s Inspirational Gospel Choir which has over fifty members. According to Dona “playing piano at Bryant Park is one of the highlights of my summer -- it’s a joy!”

 

 

mS. CARTER IS A MEMBER OF THE INSPIRATIONAL CHOIR AT rIVERSIDE church.  iN fEB. THE PERFORMED THEIR ANNUAL CONCERT. BEFORE THAT THE CHOIR WAS PART OF  a lovely candle light music service.   all choirs performed.  truly an uplifting day at the riverside church in nyc at 120 St.

Dona carter performs solo piano at program honoring Janice Suber  

October 2015 a great gospel musician and singer, Janice Suber was celebrated at a banquet sponsored by St. Stephens Church in Harlem.  Dona was one of many performers on the program. Ms. Suber often sang and played with Ms. Carter's previous ensembles. It was a beautiful reunion.

InterViews and performances 

For Information or questions about Dona Carter, send an email to dona.dcjazz@gmail.com 

Columbia University Professor Brent Edwards recently interviewed Dona Carter, with a special interest in jazz in NYC in the 1970's, when she was very active as a band leader.  She performed at Artist House with her band opening for jazz great Ornette Coleman.  She was asked to perform on Channel 7 TV, and also performed at Town Hall. Prof. Edwards is preparing an online book on jazz artists.

Here she is with her current group including Dee Ramey, Bill Carter and Bryce Sebastien.

 

 

 

 jazz piano in the park

 Piano performances will include an array of jazz standards with an original piece sprinkled in. I  always enjoy seeing friends and family so come join the fun

What's on My Mind?Thinking about tunes for my next CD.

teaching music builds bridges

Some days I joke that I'm paying for my "doctorate degree" at the school of hard knocks.

Music catalog contains original instrumentals and songs with lyrics

Lyrics to "When I Get Back Home" (from the Dona Carter DC Jazz CD)

I see a fork in the road, and I'm starting a journey.

Will you be there when I get back home?

What lies ahead I'm not certain, but I need a chance to fly, and give my dreams a try...

Dona's music on iTunes, CDbaby.com and Amazon.  Sample, download your favorite song.

 2015 has been great so far!  I'm looking forward to creating some exciting new music with my band.  i believe the best is yet to come.

           Music is a way of life!      

  

       Above, Dona Carter, Bill Carter and Larry Roland, bass. 

 

 

 

Music is a force for healing hearts and uniting people of all cultures and

ethnic groups.   Video will play, just click on the box.

I've tried to reach out by composing pieces that share joy and hope."

Dona Carter has a BA degree in Music from Barnard College~Columbia University, and a MA degree from Lehman College in Music Education. She attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music and the JazzMobile Workshop.  "My family always stressed education for me and my siblings. I'm glad they all encouraged my love for music.  But after coming through the jazz world, I sometimes joke that I went to the school of hard knocks." She led the IWJ Jazz Chorus and directed Portraits in Major and Minor where theater meets jazz, described as a marvelous piece.

 Her music is often featured on WHCR's Sunday night jazz show.

"My CDs are available at  CD Baby and iTunes. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/donacarter. You can contact me via the guest book for my music, including lead sheets.  Check out the Photos page for the covers to my albums.  

Here dona's band performs in her hometown, hartford, ct.  radio station wwuh  broadcast the concert live.  

The Dona Carter Quintet with Bill Carter, Sedric Choukroun, and Camille Jones, (Larry Roland not seen).  Hartford Jazz Society

instruments may be made of wood and metal, but with the right person playing, music touches the heart of the listener.  I love interacting with my music students and performing with other musicians.

This CD single, 'We Share One World' has greetings in 7 languages. Available now, just request it through t he guest book.

  

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