24 Facts About Ron Carter


Ronald Levin Carter was born on May 4,1937 and is an American jazz double bassist.


Ron Carter has won three Grammy awards, and is a cellist who has recorded numerous times on that instrument.


Ron Carter started playing the cello at the age of 10, and switched to bass while at Cass Tech High School.


Ron Carter was a member of the second Miles Davis Quintet in the mid 1960s, which included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and drummer Tony Williams.


Ron Carter stayed with Davis until 1968, and participated in a couple of studio sessions with Davis in 1969 and 1970.


Ron Carter performed on some of Hancock, Williams and Shorter's recordings during the 1960s for Blue Note.


Ron Carter was a sideman on many Blue Note recordings of the era, playing with Sam Rivers, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Pearson, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Horace Silver, and others.


Ron Carter played on soul-pop star Roberta Flack's album First Take.


In 1986, Ron Carter played double bass on "Big Man on Mulberry Street" on Billy Joel's album The Bridge.


In 1987, Ron Carter won a Grammy for "an instrumental composition for the film" Round Midnight.


Ron Carter appears on the alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest's influential album The Low End Theory on a track called "Verses from the Abstract".


Ron Carter appeared as a member of the jazz combo the Classical Jazz Quartet.


In 1994, Ron Carter appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool.


In 2001, Ron Carter collaborated with Black Star and John Patton to record "Money Jungle" for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Red Hot + Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington.


Ron Carter is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the music department of City College of New York, having taught there for 20 years, and received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in spring 2005.


Ron Carter joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York City in 2008, teaching bass in the school's Jazz Studies program.


Ron Carter made an appearance in Robert Altman's 1996 film, Kansas City.


Ron Carter sits on the advisory committee of the board of directors of The Jazz Foundation of America and on the Honorary Founder's Committee.


Ron Carter has worked with the Jazz Foundation since its inception to save the homes and the lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians including musicians that survived Hurricane Katrina.


Ron Carter appeared as himself in an episode of the HBO series Treme entitled "What Is New Orleans".


In 2010, Ron Carter was honored with France's premier cultural award, the medallion and title of Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Ron Carter was elected to the DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame in 2012.


Japanese officials credited Ron Carter with helping to popularize jazz in Japan and facilitating cultural exchange.


In May 2022, Ron Carter celebrated his birthday by releasing a Tiny Desk Concert recorded at the Blue Note Jazz Club featuring Russell Malone and Donald Vega.