Winner of the Miles Davis Award
Montreal, Monday, July 2, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal this year offers the prestigious Miles Davis Award to legendary double bass player Ron Carter. He will be given the award on stage by Alain Simard, president and founder of the Festival, during a press conference which will be held today at 1 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (305 Ste. Catherine St. West, 2nd floor), as well as at the Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone and Donald Vega concert at 6 p.m. at the Club Soda, as part of the Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series.
If double bass is the foundation of jazz rhythm, Ron Carter is its cornerstone. Recognized for the solidity, grace and finesse of his playing, this acknowledged master has left his mark on over 2000 albums and been a constant sparkling presence in the jazz world since his debut in the Chico Hamilton quintet alongside multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy. A renowned composer, inspired soloist and sought-after accompanist, Ron Carter has been a central component in an array of fruitful collaborations throughout his career. Barely 26, he joined Miles Davis’ famed quintet at the same time as Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams, where he would shine until 1968. He would go on to perform successively with the New York Jazz Quartet and the New York Jazz Sextet, work with Lena Horne, Bill Evans and even James Brown and participate in a plethora of projects helmed by Herbie Hancock. In the early 1970s, he established himself as leader-soloist of his own groups and brought a special panache to expanding the boundaries of jazz, adapting, for example, Bach suites for solo cello. Juggling a wide variety of projects and formulas, he was awarded a Grammy in 1987 for his instrumental piece Call Sheet Blues, composed for the Bertrand Tavernier film Round Midnight. He has also illustrated his talents as a great teacher, publishing a number of specialized works and offering close to 20 years of service in the Music Department of The City College of New York, where he is Professor Emeritus. A master in every sense of the term, his influence on succeeding generations of musicians is enduring. In this concert-the first one since 1994!- Ron Carter leads a trio filled out by guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Donald Vega. Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone and Donald Vega, 6 p.m., Club Soda (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series).
Ron Carter will be the 19th recipient of the Miles Davis Award, created for our 15th anniversary in 1994 to honour a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom. The bronze statuette was created from a self-portrait by Miles, sketched for the Festival poster in 1988.
Ron Carter is the latest in a series of Miles Davis prizewinners. He follows Stanley Clarke (2011), Sonny Rollins (2010), Ornette Coleman (2009), McCoy Tyner (2008), Mike Stern (2007), Brad Mehldau (2006), Dave Holland (2005), Keith Jarrett (2004), Joe Zawinul (2003), Chick Corea (2002), Michael Brecker (2001), Charlie Haden (2000), Cassandra Wilson (1999), John Scofield (1998), Herbie Hancock (1997), Wayne Shorter (1996), Pat Metheny (1995) and John McLaughlin (1994). Please note that Dave Brubeck was also presented with a special-issue Miles Davis Award last year in recognition of the entirety of his career.
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