Jazz bassist Ron Carter leads trio in concert Nov. 8 at Schwab Auditorium

Posted by John Mark Rafacz on November 7, 2012 

Few people would have blamed Ron Carter if he had become embittered. It must have been demoralizing to have so much talent as a young classical musician only to learn the ugly reality that America in the 1950s wasn't ready for an African-American cellist.

But the teenage Carter found it within himself to transcend racial stereotyping and apply his enormous potential to become a jazz bassist. Lucky for us the Michigan native used all those lemons to create a half century's worth of some of the sweetest-tasting lemonade in jazz.

Carter comes to Penn State to perform with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Donald Vega. The Ron Carter Trio is on the bill at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Schwab Auditorium.

Tickets are still available for the Nov. 8 concert.

Give a listen to my interview with the iconic bassist.

Read my full-length feature article about Carter and his trio mates.

Carter, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has performed on more than 2,000 recordings as a leader and a sideman with a who's who of jazz musicians.

By the time he was in his mid-20s, he had already become a member of what would go on to be one of the most famous ensembles in the history of jazz. The second great Miles Davis Quintet, which included pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, counted Carter as its bassist from 1963 to 1968.

In addition to performing and composing, Carter, who has a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master's from the Manhattan School of Music, teaches jazz studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Artistic Viewpoints is not offered before the trio's concert. But the musicians plan to stick around after the performance to talk with audience members who want to stay.

 

 

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