Ron Carter Interview, “I only share that with the man upstairs…”

On this Ron Carter Interview: What an incredible, first-class human being! There are many reasons Ron Carter has been so successful and we touched on several of them during this conversation: His pursuit of excellence and desire to be responsible for his results, and the result of those he works with, listening to jazz radio in Detroit while he was growing up… the backstory to some his coolest tracks and albums, why he titled one of his LPs in honor of his local post office workers, playing with Roberta Flack, Gil Scott-Heron, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and an early mistake he made and the lesson learned. This was WONDERFUL, so enjoy listening to The Maestro!

Ron Carter is the most recorded jazz bassist in history, with somewhere north of 2300 sessions under his belt. He’s played with every significant jazz player and artist since he began playing bass in 1955. And of course was part of the 2nd Miles Davis Quintet in the mid 1960s. He’s played on Billy Cobham’s Spectrum, Herbie Hancock’s Empyrean Isles and on 00’s of other incredible LPs on loads of sessions from artists inside and outside the jazz community. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, earned two Grammy awards & numerous other accolades, and is a prolific, best-selling author of instructional jazz books, as well as his own autobiography called Finding The Right Notes. He teaches masterclasses all over the world, has received 5 honorary doctorates, and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Music Department of City College of New York, having taught there for 20 years. He also taught at Juilliard School in New York City

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