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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar

Understanding Jazz through a Cultural Approach

Professor Ronald Carter
Professor Ronald Carter

Professor Ronald Carter
School of Music
Board of Trustees Professor

Jazz is one of our greatest American art forms with roots in the African American culture and foundation in the African culture. During his presentation, Professor Carter will discuss jazz tradition as well as how it parallels the growth of the American popular music culture. This presentation will also include historical information and recordings to give a special understanding of how his research of over 35 years has been an important part of the growth of NIU Jazz Studies Program, and The Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Professor Carter will also involve participants in widely used methods he has researched over the years. He will also discuss the involvement of concepts taught in his jazz classes and the laboratory of applying these concepts students are involved with as they tour annually with the NIU Jazz Ensemble.

Ronald Carter currently holds the position of Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University serving as the Director of the Jazz Studies Program and director the NIU Jazz Ensemble. Carter also serves as Lead Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy, New York, NY, and Education Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Program.

Professor Carter has facilitated workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator for colleges and universities across the USA. He has also directed twenty All State Jazz Bands. Carter spent over 18 years in the St. Louis Metropolitan area as both an educator and as a professional musician. Carter has performed professionally with Clark Terry, Lou Rawls, the Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, Rodney Whitaker and many others.

An abbreviated list of Professor Carter's honors and awards include Downbeat Magazine's Hall of Fame, the 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Jazz Unites- Chicago "We Love You Madly" Jazz Award, NIU Board of Trustees Professorship Award. Carter's current projects include, "Swinging On The Bars" Alfred Publications, "Teaching Music Through Performance Through in Jazz" GIA Publications, currently, Educational Consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Program Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director's Academy, Artist Clinician / Educational Specialist for Conn/Selmer Inc. Elkhart, Indiana USA and D'Addario Inc. Rico Reeds. Recently, Carter has performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival with Paquito D'Rivera and the Bogata, Colombia "Jazz in the Parques" Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center
11:30 am—12:00 pm, Refreshments
12:00 pm—1:00 pm, Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!


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