Michael Carter Jr.’s, age 14, music is a new, young hip variation on jazz labeled urban contemporary jazz. Several people have called it, “A refreshing entry into the Jazz genre that will start to bring the younger generation into this style of music.” And on Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at the Woodbury Central Park, located at 8595 Central Park Place in Woodbury, Michael and a few of his talented friends are having a Jazz concert and benefit to raise money to fight diabetes.
Michael will be joined on stage by the incomparable saxophonist, Willie Moore; the young talented singer, Amani Ward, 14, a freshman at Central High School in St. Paul; Jason Zimmerman, a solo acoustic guitarist and a finalist in the 2013 State Fair Amateur Talent Contest; Aaron Rupar, drummer and a frequent musician at the Jazz club, The Artist Quarter and Thom West, a well-known, Twin Cities’ keyboard player.
“We have an exciting lineup of people who will rock the house on Saturday,” says Michael Carter Sr., executive producer and father of Michael, Jr. “It will be a good time for all who attend—all for a good cause; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),” he continued.
The Mayor of Woodbury, Mary Guiliani Stephens and Councilwoman, Julie Ohs will attend this event along with the Executive Director of JDRF, Jackie Casey.
“We’re hoping that we will gather great support in our community for JDRF. It is an important cause for our family as Michael Jr. is a type 1 diabetic,” says Carter. “This event will be the first of a ten-city tour of the Twin Cities to highlight his music and build more support for JDRF. Matter-a-fact, for every cd sold, two dollars will go towards JDRF. As a family we want to help eradicate this disease and we are doing it the best way we know how,” he continued.
Tickets are $5 online at www.michaelcarterjr.com or $10 at the door. Sponsorships are available for this event by calling Cheryle Carter at 651-341-6360.