Presbybop Music

Presbybop Music is a musical venture of Bill Carter, jazz pianist and Presbyterian minister. After years of pretending to split the life of faith from the music of jazz, Bill has been trying to find links between the two halves of his brain. Presbybop Music is his attempt to integrate his strong Presbyterian faith with the rhythms of bebop.

In 1993 he formed the Presbybop Quartet with Al Hamme, his college music professor from Binghamton University. With the core lineup of drummer Ron Vincent and bassist Tony Marino, the band has evolved into a consort of musicians who have been turning heads on the musical scene - and adding new dimensions to the faith and worship of the Christian church. As Al Hamme moved into retirement, we welcomed saxophonist Michael Carbone to perform and record with the band.

In recent years, the band has become a quintet or sextet on occasion, with trumpeter Jeff Stockham and others joining in the mix. There is also a special-edition Presbybop "Christmas Eve Band" that presents holiday concerts and an annual jazz celebration on December 24.

Based in northeastern Pennsylvania, this consort of consummate professionals has presented concerts and jazz worship services in churches and venues around the country. Their music has been widely acclaimed. To date, Bill's Presbybop ensembles have recorded eleven compact discs: Faith in a New Key, Dancing Day, Fragile Incarnation, Stand On Your Head, John According to Jazz (with biblical storyteller Dennis Dewey), Welcome Home (with vocalist Warren Cooper), Psalms Without Words, Interior Window, Jazz NoelJazz for the Earth, and The Dancing Calvinist.

Bill Carter spends most of his time as a busy pastor in a bustling church. Yet he keenly senses that God wants him to use his musical gifts as a means of reaching people with the good news of God's grace, peace, and joy. His jazz ministry has received national recognition, and has served as a model for integrating the arts in Christian ministry.


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April “mixes memory and desire,” wrote the poet T.S. Eliot. This poignant springtime theme will be explored by the Presbybop Sextet in a musical celebration for Jazz Appreciation Month. The afternoon will feature the music of pianist Bill Carter and his late mentor Al Hamme, and coincides with the publication of Carter’s new book, Thriving on a Riff. Featured musicians include Ron Vincent on drums, Tony Marino on bass, Jeff Stockham on trumpet and French horn, Joe Carello on alto sax, Tom Hamilton on tenor sax and flute, and Bill Carter on piano.

The concert will be broadcast for free on YouTube. Enjoy it at

Online Book Launch Party for Thriving on a Riff: Jazz and the Spiritual Life

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Presbybop International Headquarters, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Join us for our online party on Zoom. To register for this free celebration, go to A link will be given to you upon completion of the registration form. Our office will also e-mail a reminder with the link on the day before the party.

It's going to be a lot of fun! The author will answer questions about the book and offer a few short readings. We will also have a prize drawing for autographed copies, CDs and downloads, and Presbybop Swag. Hope you can join us!