Ron Carter


Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific and influential bassists in music. Recipient of two Grammy Awards, Carter has recorded on over 2,200 albums across multiple genres and has a Guinness world record to prove it! A member of Miles Davis’ famed Second Great Quintet from 1963-1968, he participated in such milestone Davis recordings as ESP, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky, Miles Smiles, and Filles de Kilimanjaro among others. His prolific 50-year career as a freelance bassist has found him in the recording studio with an incredible range of musicians, from Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin, to A.J. Croce and A Tribe Called Quest, with a hall of fame list of jazz artists in between. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Carter has received six honorary doctorates, including from the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. As an educator Ron Carter has taught at Manhattan School of Music and lectured around the world. He has scored films, including A Gathering of Old Men, and Blind Faith. In 2021 Carter was honored by the French Minister of Culture with the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters; and the Japanese government awarded him The Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions to Japan-US relations in the field of music. In 1998, Ron Carter was named an NEA Jazz Master.