Joey Carter

Since 2001
Instructor of Percussion, Jazz, and Theory
BM-University of Texas, Arlington
MM-Texas Christian University


Joey Carter teaches music theory, ear training, jazz history, jazz ensemble, jazz improvisation, and private lessons in percussion and jazz piano at Texas Christian University.

He has also taught at University of Texas-Arlington, Tarleton State University, Weatherford College, Tarrant County College, and area high schools and junior high schools as a private instructor. Mr. Carter has been on the faculty of the UTA Summer Jazz Camp and the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp. He is also active as a clinician and a guest artist, and in the last few years has appeared as a guest artist at Lake Highlands H.S., L.D. Bell H.S, Summit H.S., and Kaufman H.S. and as clinician for the Region 7 All Region Jazz Band, Granbury H.S. (clinic on hand drumming), Pascal H.S. (clinic on jazz drum set and vibraphone for the Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion), Aledo H.S. and Richardson ISD (Texas UIL All Region Jazz auditions-piano and drum set).  Joey also did a clinic on jazz band rhythm section techniques for the Texas Jazz Educators Association and was a clinician at the T.C.U., Tarleton State, and Highlander Jazz Festivals.

Mr. Carter performs as a jazz vibraphonist, drum set artist, percussionist, jazz pianist, organist, and arranger.  His quartet was featured on the Sammon’s Center for the Arts Jazz concert series in February 2015. He performs regularly as a piano soloist, with his own groups, Johnny Reno and the Bitchin’ Camaros, The Arts on 5th Avenue Jazz Collective, the Fort Worth Symphony Big Band, and as a recording session musician. Recent CD and DVD releases he appeared on include American Bedouin: More Peasant Company, Bertha Coolidge: The Reno Sessions, Max Stalling: Live at the Grenada, Brad Thompson, Loves Bitter Rage by pianist John Case, Straight Ahead Blues byguitarist James Hinkle, and six children’s albums by Mark Burrows. Joey is a member of and composer for the original jazz group Bertha Coolidge which won Album of the Year (Live at the Caravan of Dreams 030201 in 2002) and Best Live Show (2008) in the Fort Worth Weekly music awards.   He has been a featured soloist at the Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Pori Jazz Festival, the Honolulu Jazz Festival, and festivals in Copenhagen, Salzburg, Verbier, and Budapest. Joey has appeared in concert with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Cedar Walton, Chris Valdala, Ed Shaunessy, Alex Iles, Marvin Stamm, and many others.  He has also arranged music for movies (including Spy Kids 3D), drum lines, big bands, musicals, and many popular music projects. Mr. Carter is an endorser and clinician for Innovative Percussion (mallets and sticks).

Mr. Carter received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Texas Christian University in May of 2000 and a B.M.E. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.