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DC Jazz Festival Announces Ron Carter and Corcoran Holt Artist Residencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 11, 2024 – The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) today announces that NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter, bandleader and the maestro of the bass, and ace bassist Corcoran Holt will serve as the 2024 DC Jazz Festival’s Artists-In-Residence.

A 3-time Grammy winner and 5-time nominee, Ron Carter holds the Guinness Book of World Records distinction as the most recorded bassist in recorded music history.  Ron Carter is universally recognized as our most prolific bassist.  As a leader he has made over 60 recordings.  As an MVP contributor to myriad sessions, he has recorded with a who’s who of American and global music, from Geri Allen, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, peers such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, to Aretha Franklin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, and Jefferson Airplane.  Additionally, Carter has passed along his universe of musical knowledge to succeeding generations as an educator.  He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at City College of New York, and a faculty member at the Juilliard School. 

"Serving as DC Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence is a new affiliation that I greatly relish and look forward to,” said Maestro Ron Carter.  

Ron Carter will share this residency with a next generation bassist whose career has been inspired by Mr. Carter.  A native of Washington, DC, Corcoran Holt is graduate of both the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the DC Youth Orchestra program.  Holt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies degree from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Holt holds an Assistant Professorship at Arizona State University.  “This DC Jazz Festival residency exemplifies coming full circle to my DC roots,” said Corcoran Holt.

The aim of the Artist-In-Residence program, part of DC Jazz Festival Education, is to foster deeper connections between artists, DC Jazz Festival and our jazz community. During the residency, artists engage in a number of activities including serving as guests curators, collaborating with other artists, participating in master classes or interviews, and supporting DC Jazz Festival Education community engagement activities.

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ABOUT THE DC JAZZ FESTIVAL: DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz; unifies diverse communities; advances jazz and music education with exciting and adventurous musical experiences; shines the spotlight on DC-based musicians; and highlights DC as a premier cultural destination. Our signature programs are the annual DC JazzFest, DC’s largest jazz festival, recognized as a world-class event; Jazz in the ’Hoods with citywide partnerships in 20+ neighborhoods; DC JazzFest at The Wharf, our marquee weekend with free outdoor stages; the year-round DCJF Education Program in partnership with DC public and charter schools and arts centers; the Charles Fishman Embassy Series honoring our founder; and the DCJazzPrix international band competition. DC Jazz Festival won the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in Creative Industries. The New York Times named DC JazzFest one of "50 Essential Summer Festivals."

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