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Ron Carter sometimes thinks of himself as a scientist and an explorer. The legendary bassist, cellist, and composer is always questioning the limits of his music and testing the boundaries of the jazz genre - part of the reason why he's considered one of the most innovative jazz bassists today. This year, the Ferndale native will serve as the Artist-in-Residence for the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-5). He's slated to perform four times during the weekend, including a nonet, trio, quartet, and big band sets. 

Even those unacquainted with jazz might recognize an original Carter bass rhythm from his library of over 2,000 recordings. He's the most recorded bassist in music history. Off the stage and outside of the studio, Carter is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Music Department at the City College of New York. We caught up with the artist to talk about performing, recording, and evolving as a lifelong musician.

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