Celebrating Black History Month in Music – 2

Ron Carter


One of the most-recorded jazz bassists in history is an Eastman School of Music graduate: Ron Carter (1937 —     ), who received a bachelor’s degree in 1959 and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Rochester. (The photo shows him performing in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall before the awarding of the doctorate in October 2010.) Ron has appeared on more than 2,500 albums since 1961, as a leader and as sideman to such great jazz musicians as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chet Baker, and Herbie Hancock. He was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet throughout the 1960s. Listen to a beautiful solo by Ron here.