Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many music giants, including Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s, he performed throughout the United States with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy, and later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet.
Carter was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He took home Grammy Awards in 1993 and 1998. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, Carter shares his expertise in a series of books. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a Master’s in Double Bass from the Manhattan School of Music as well as honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities.