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MSU, set for 38th annual 'jazzspectacular' with Ron Carter / Lansing City Pulse

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When biologists single out "keystone species" that whole ecosystems depend on, they're never sharks, bears, lions or other PBS glory hogs. Ecologists warn of the dire things that would happen if all the trees, or the insects, or the bacteria, in the world disappeared.

If there is a keystone organism alive in jazz right now, it's surely bassist/composer Ron Carter.

If Carter and his multifarious works vanished, life might go on. But would it be worth living? Carter, 83, is arguably the most illustrious and influential in a long line of guest artists to do a residency with the MSU Jazz Studies program, and he's still searching for something new, from intimate duo and trio dates to a big band gig in New York's Blue Note last weekend.

Opening performance by the Outstanding High School Jazz Band of the Day. Then Carter, joins the Be-Bop Spartans and MSU Professors of Jazz on Sat., April 21, at Fairchild Theatre MSU.

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