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Ron Carter talks w/WBGO's Gary Walker about Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, and the value of a good chair

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Jazz legend Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and  influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever.

The legendary bassist sat down - in his beloved hand-carved chair - to talk with WBGO: Newark NY(NYC) - Gary Walker about playing with icons, the aura an artist can imbue in his craft, and the story of how he acquired the bass he's been playing since 1960, all in advance of "The Legends Honor McCoy" concert at Central Park.  LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT