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Kenyon Carter, Saxophone & Jazz Combos

Saxophone, Jazz Combos


Kenyon Carter, Saxophone & Jazz Combos Studio: Mason Hall Rm 211
Phone: (256) 782-5883 (Dr. Nevala's Phone)
Email: kwcarter@jsu.edu
Links: JSU Jazz Studies Website

Kenyon Carter is an Atlanta-based jazz saxophonist and recording artist recognized for his melodic smooth jazz compositions and engaging live performances. He expresses his creative and soulful style through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and entirely unmistakable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright.

Songs For My Father, Kenyon's most recent album, is a dedication to his father, Kent Carter, who passed away in early 2013. The album debuted at #4 on iTunes' top jazz album chart, features jazz arrangements of ten all-time favorite gospel hymns and has received rave reviews and airplay on jazz radio. "The Jazz Evangelist," Scott Fugate declares, "Kenyon's virtuosity is on full display here in his diverse arrangements as well as his range, covering a spectrum of jazz styles from blues, swing, smooth, straight ahead, and even a light bossa on "To God Be The Glory." This album is a rich, relaxing and spiritual experience that will warm your soul."

Raised in South Georgia, Kenyon's call to jazz came early, picking up his first saxophone at thirteen. He began his formal education at Valdosta State University, where he earned Bachelor's degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education. Later, he pursued graduate work at Georgia State University, where he earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies. 

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