Ron Carter Quartet
There aren't really many superlatives in the lexicon that haven't already been applied to bassist Ron Carter. Any major jazz figure between now and 1960 is likely to have utilized his services -- he is more in demand than any other bass player. He's appeared on more jazz albums than anyone else. He can contribute more to a band than practically anyone, on any instrument, could dream of.
From Eric Dolphy to Jim Hall to Antonio Carlos Jobim to Kenny Burrell to Roberta Flack to Paul Desmond to McCoy Tyner to A Tribe Called Quest to Phoebe Snow to major symphony orchestras to Miles Davis whose magical second quintet he anchored for five years Ron has been the pulse, or as he likes to put it, "the quarterback." He is an NEA Jazz Master, but as for the rest of his awards, international accolades, honorary degrees and directorships, feel free to Google because there are too many to list here. He's just done it all.
Well, not everything. For instance, he's never performed at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Thankfully, that oversight is being rectified this summer. The 76-year-old bassist arrives at the Raven Theater Saturday June 8 with his Foursight Quartet, featuring three superb players: drummer Payton Crossley, percussionist Rolando Morales-Mattos, and pianist Renee Rosnes, whose spectacular skills will also be on display in a Festival show on June 6. Foursight romps through ballads, blues, sambas and a handful of Miles Davis tunes, with the elegant Carter always in the fore showing how exquisite touch, dead-on timing, astounding flexibility and a deep spirit can usher in transcendence. In a field where the word "legend" is overused, come and witness one of the real ones.
The opening act tonight will be the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band, a septet of young musicians who continue to local high school's tradition of cultivating talent. Most of them have played for a couple years together, and under the tutelage of drummer Lorca Hart they continue to achieve maximum swing.
The Raven Theater
115 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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