For the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Miles Davis Award, celebrating the work and influence of an international jazz musician, goes to the double bass-playing legend Ron Carter.
Ron Carter will be the 19th recipient of the Miles Davis Award, created for the 15th anniversary of the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1994 to honor a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom.
If double bass is the foundation of jazz rhythm, Ron Carter is its cornerstone. Recognized for the solidity, grace and finesse of his playing, this acknowledged master has left his mark on over 2000 albums.
A renowned composer, inspired soloist and sought-after accompanist, Ron Carter has collaborated with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, James Brown, and many more. In the early 1970s, he established himself as leader-soloist of his own groups and brought a special panache to expanding the boundaries of jazz.
In this concert-the first one since 1994!- Ron Carter leads a trio filled out by guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Donald Vega. Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone and Donald Vega, 6 p.m., Club Soda (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series).
Ron Carter is the latest in a series of Miles Davis prizewinners. He follows Stanley Clarke (2011), Sonny Rollins (2010), Ornette Coleman (2009), McCoy Tyner (2008), Mike Stern (2007), Brad Mehldau (2006), Dave Holland (2005), Keith Jarrett (2004), Joe Zawinul (2003), Chick Corea (2002), Michael Brecker (2001), Charlie Haden (2000), Cassandra Wilson (1999), John Scofield (1998), Herbie Hancock (1997), Wayne Shorter (1996), Pat Metheny (1995) and John McLaughlin (1994).
Click here to read about all of this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival’s honorees.