Although a native New Orleanian, composer and bassist Tate Carson’s musical journey didn’t start in a brass band or a funk group; his formative musical experiences were in punk and ska bands and the Ben Franklin High School orchestra. Today, his wry compositional sense and commandeering bass prowess are a knowing wink to his artistic genesis.
Young Carson played both violin and trumpet before settling on the electric and acoustic basses at the age of fourteen. During his junior year of high school he began studying jazz and classical music with master bassist Bob Sunda, and played professionally with many bands. Loyola University’s music school was an obvious next step for Carson. He majored in Music Industry Studies with an emphasis in jazz bass, and earned his BM in 2009.
While at Loyola, Tate had a chance to study jazz, classical and composition with many of New Orleans’ best musicians. These include Jesse Boyd, Dave Anderson (Principal bass of the LPO), Allen Nisbet, Vadim Neselovskyi (sideman for Gary Burton), and Dr. James “Jimbo” Walsh.
Currently you can catch Tate primarily with trad-jazz super group, Moonshine and Caroline, and everyone’s favorite Folk/Americana trio, Speed the Mule. He also plays occasional musicals, and with his own jazz group playing his own compositions.
Tate recently completed a graduate degree where he studied jazz and composition at the University of New Orleans Graduate School. At UNO he studied with Brian Seeger, Ed Peterson, Steve Masakowski, Neal Caine, Roland Guerin, Victor Atkins and Matt Perrine. While there he also taught a Jazz Combo.