City Music Clinic: Ron Carter

By
Jennifer Shanley
February 3, 2010
Ron Carter
Mike Tucker, Berklee alumnus, returns to the BPC stage to lead a clinic on January 16. Greg Groover Jr., left, is playing with him.
Krystal Banfield, director of City Music
Greg Groover Jr. looks like a natural as he plays under the stage lights.
Carter counts out the beat as Ngomane (Gogo) Dendy follows his sheet music.
City Music student guitarist Russell Malone performs with Ron Carter.
Ron Carter answers questions posed by Danny Hines during the Q&A portion of the clinic.
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson

Students in Berklee's City Music programs recently had an opportunity that many would envy: They shared a stage with bass legend Ron Carter. He has performed and recorded with greats such as Miles Davis, Lena Horne, James Brown, B.B. King, and A Tribe Called Quest, and has recording credits on more than 2,000 albums. Carter received a Berklee honorary doctorate of music in 2005 and has earned two Grammy awards. He taught at the City College of New York for 18 years and also acted as the artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies when it was launched in Boston. And now every City Music teen musician who played with him on January 16 can claim a jazz great on their resumes.

Also working with students on that January afternoon was Berklee alumnus Mike Tucker '06, a tenor saxophonist. Tucker, a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 2002, has performed with Joe Lovano, George Duke, and Esperanza Spalding, among other artists.

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