Berklee B.A.S. Biography
Carter Lee is an electric bassist/composer/arranger originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Carter graduated with honors from Grant MacEwan College in 2008 and was subsequently accepted into Berklee College of Music where he began studying in the Fall of 2009.
During his time at MacEwan, Carter developed a taste for long hours of practice. It was first at MacEwan that he discovered the thrill playing improvised music could produce. He quickly formed his own quintet, “The Carter Lee Group” which he soon began writing and arranging music for. The group was recorded in january of 2008, but was disbanded shortly after so that Carter could pursue other interests musically. While at MacEwan, Carter had the opportunity to study with some of the best instructors in Canada including bassist John Taylor (M.mus) and guitarist Jim Head(M.mus). Now at Berklee, Carter is studying two very inspiring players in Lincoln Goines (Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Michael Brecker..) and Evan Marien (David Fiuczynski, Markbass artist). Studying with all of these modern players has certainly had a profound effect on Carter as he continues to grow as a musician.
As a bassist Carter has had the pleasure of working with many great musicians throughout his young career, notably under the direction of acclaimed producer George Blondheim for the 2008 AMPIA awards. He is also the bassist, arranger and composer for the Edmonton based sextet “The Pulse” which he began with drummer Jared Farney in the Fall of 2008 . The group has undoubtedly become a prominent fixture in the Alberta jazz scene. Carter has three of his compositions featured on the groups debut album, released in December of 2009. The album has subsequently received many good reviews (including Bass Musician Magazine) and been requested by the Canadian Archive of Recordings. It also led to the group becoming the featured artist for freqindustries.com. At Berklee, Carter plays electric bass for The Patrick Simard group. Carter also leads his own group, “The CL Project”, and has played many performances under that name. This includes a show at the Edmonton Winspear Centre (the cities symphony hall) as part of the young stars program. In the summer of 2010 Carter formed the jazz/hip-hop group “Feed The Tiger” and based it out of Edmonton, Alberta for which he is the primary writer/arranger/ and bandleader. The group played several shows between Edmonton and Toronto and will release a full length album in the near future. In November of 2010 Carter was asked to join the Chris Juris Group in their weekly residency at the renowned Wally’s Jazz Cafe in Boston, a position he still holds as the bassist every wednesday night. He has also been the primary bassist in Berklee guitarist Domen Gnezda’s group which has several recordings to its name. In the fall semester of 2010 he held the electric bass position for David Fiuczynsi’s 21st century grooves ensemble.
Studies have always been an important part of Carter’s life at Berklee as he has been placed on the dean’s list every semester he has completed and maintained a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.78 including a 3.96 in the fall 2010 semester.
Experience & Education
Bandleader/Arranger/ Composer for Feed The TigerJune 2010 to Present (over 7 years)
I write and play bass for this canadian jazz/hip-hop group.
Bandleader/Bassist/Composer/Arranger for The PulseSeptember 2008 to Present (over 9 years)
Write/arrange/perform tunes with this Edmonton based fusion ensemble. Started in the fall of 2008 with drummer Jared Farney. We will be releasing our first album very soon.
Composer/Arranger/Management/Bassist for CL Project2006 to Present (over 12 years)
Leading my own ensemble in a variety of formats from duo to septet. The group has played many venues in Canada and the U.S.
Bmus in Performance at Berklee2009 to 2011 (2 years)
Diploma in Music Performance at Grant Macewan College2006 to 2008 (2 years)