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May 27, 2010

Jazz great Ron Carter to teach, perform at UW May 28

Ron Carter is a Grammy winner and has recorded with such stellar names as Lena Horne, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quintet and even Miles Davis. And on Friday, May 28, he’ll share his talents with students at the UW School of Music, and the public is invited.


Carter, considered one of the greatest living jazz bassists, will present a workshop/performance from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday in Brechemin Auditorium. It’s free and tickets are not required. Carter is in town for a three-day engagement at Jazz Alley with his Golden Striker Trio, which also features guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Mulgrew Miller.


In the early 1960s Carter performed throughout the country in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy, and later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band, and another Grammy in 1998 for an instrumental composition from the film Round Midnight. Carter has scored and arranging music for many films, and shares his expertise in the series of books, including Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; which contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions.


Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever.


For more information call 206-685-8384 or visit online at www.music.washington.edu