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Detroit Jazz Festival 'Artist in Residence' - Ron Carter in town to play Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

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Ron Carter likes to call Artist in Residence positions "Artist in Reticence" - mostly, he says, because he's "never quite sure what they expect to get from me other than being there for some concerts, which I always do anyway." The Ferndale-born bass legend's tenure with this year's Detroit Jazz Festival will be a bit different, however.

Carter - who began playing cello while at elementary school in Ferndale before his family moved to Detroit when he was 12 - is pleased to come to his hometown with "a nice plan" of more than just hitting the stage. On Tuesday, June 14, he'll be in town for a special show with guitarist Russell Malone at the Dirty Dog in Ferndale, but during that afternoon he'll spend an hour doing "a brief mentorship" with some youth musicians chosen by the festival. "My job is to listen to them, give them a gentle critique for how they can get better and share some of my life stories," Carter, 79, says by phone from his current home in New York City. The two-time Grammy Award winner certainly has those, with an extensive career that includes tenures with the Miles Davis Quintet, Pontiac's Hank Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and scores of others, as well as movie and TV work in "'Round Midnight," "Treme" and "Kansas City."

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