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2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

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Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in the total number of performances this year. Furthermore, even a cursory look at the schedule revealed more than a fair share of names that ...

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Ron Carter: The Paragon of Bass Virtuosity

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Some half a century ago, iconic bassist Ron Carter had already dynamically impacted the jazz world with his advanced rhythmic cadences and his artistic vision with the second great Miles Davis quintet. The sumptuous and indelible mark that Carter and his bandmates left on jazz history is well-documented. An educated, articulate and determined man, Carter's journey led to countless groundbreaking recordings and live performances. His intuitive and brilliantly conceived projects as a leader have paved a career that has enlightened ...

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Ron Carter Quartet At Regattabar

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Ron Carter Quartet Regattabar Cambridge, MA February 22, 2019 You are the “World's Greatest Jazz Bassist," as a sign used to say at The Knickerbocker Saloon in New York City, where you and Cedar Walton held forth for many years. You have been at the top of your profession for sixty years, becoming the most recorded bassist in history along the way. Your bottom end musical offspring abound: since Kennedy was president, ...

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Ron Carter: Still Searching for the Right Notes

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"People from newspapers and magazines always ask me two things," Ron Carter tells a reverent crowd from a stage in suburban Hong Kong. “What was it like playing with Miles Davis? And why am I still doing this?" He answers the latter enquiry by pointing left and right simultaneously at his two diligent sidemen, pianist Donald Vega and guitarist Russell Malone, to rapturous applause. I had the chance to interview Carter around a week earlier, by phone from ...

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Ron Carter: Antonin Dvorak: New World Symphony

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"My record of import is one I heard in 1962 when I heard the melody played by Yusef Lateef on oboe. I later found out the record he made on this disc was called “Goin' Home" which is one of the movements from a Dvorak Symphony. So I went out and bought the disc--that would have to be done by Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic when they do the four movements of the Dvorak New World Symphony--and among ...

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

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Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year around 350 people were entertained by Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, The Meters, The Preservation Hall Band ...

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Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

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So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more. From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear some good live music. But it isn't every day that you are in the presence of a true jazz icon. Now 80 years old, ...

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Ron Carter Quartet & Vitoria Maldonado: Brasil L.I.K.E

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The road that connects Brazilian music and jazz--the essential thematic nexus on this collaborative venture that brings bassist Ron Carter (and his quartet), vocalist Vitoria Maldonado, Ruria Duprat's Brasilian Orchestra, and a handful of guest soloists into the same line of thinking--has always been a two way street, as both forms benefit and borrow from one another. Those on the jazz side have often found new harmonic angles to explore, gently undulating rhythms to coast upon, and beautiful songs built ...

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 2-4, 2016 The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the better and some for the worst. There certainly has been a more concerted effort to garner donors and folks willing to pay the big ...

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Ron Carter: Detroit Jazz Festival 2016 Artist-In-Residence

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As the artist-in-residence for the 37th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, Ron Carter maintained an active role in both the artistic and educational functions that accompanied this distinguished position, made even more extraordinary by the fact that it was all happening in his hometown. Having teamed with Pat Metheny last year for a stellar duo set at the festival, artistic director Chris Collins got the idea that the time was ripe for the seventy-nine-year-old bassist to return to Detroit ...

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Ron Carter: Always at the Center of the Action

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Great jazz bassists can always be identified by the fact that you really listen to them! A good jazz bassist keeps good time and gets the chords right, but a great bassist, going as far back as Jimmy Blanton, Scott LaFaro, Charlie Haden, or Jimmy Garrison, catches your ear because you're surprised and moved by what they do. They aren't just keeping time but creating new music. They are at the center of the action. Ron Carter is ...

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Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio at Jazzfest Gronau 2014

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Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio Evangelist Stadtkirche Jazzfest Gronau Gronau, Germany April 27, 2014 Ron Carter resumed his casual, “guy with the microphone" demeanor as bandleader for this afternoon's “church meeting," but brought a confident intensity to this conspicuously jazz conscious German community on the Netherlands border. A large, enthusiastic crowd at Evangelist Stadtkirche was well aware that whatever role Carter takes in an ensemble, his majestic upright bass stands as one ...


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