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Arts and Entertainment

May 10, 2013

Grammy-winning bassist to close OCA season

Grammy-award-winning jazz bassist Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio will come to Oneonta on Friday, May 17, as part of Oneonta Concert Association’s 85th anniversary season finale.

The concert, the last of OCA’s five-concert series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market St. The public is invited to free pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m. in the  Foothills Atrium, featuring entertainment by two OCA Young Artists, refreshments and raffles.

Carter, a member of the Miles Davis Quintet from 1963 to 1968, was named “Outstanding Bassist of the Decade” by The Detroit News, and “Jazz Bassist of the Year” by Down Beat magazine. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, Carter may be the world’s most recorded jazz bassist, according to a media release.

He has recorded and performed with many greats during a 45-year career, including Lena Horne, B.B. King, The Kronos Quartet, Bill Evans, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Benny Goodman, George Benson, Dexter Gordon, Paul Simon, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Jesse Norman.

Carter earned a Grammy in 1993 for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, and another in 1998 for a composition from the film “‘Round Midnight.” Other film credits include “A Gathering of Old Men,” starring Louis Gossett Jr., and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance. Carter has also worked on

specials for PBS, authored a book series on jazz performance, holds two honorary doctorates, and is a distinguished professor emeritus at the City College of New York.

Carter’s Golden Striker Trio also features Russell Malone on guitar and Donald Vega on piano.

The pre-concert reception will feature OCA Young Artists Curtis and Cedric Taylor on violin. The teen brothers have performed with the Open Eye Theatre and Little Delaware Youth Ensemble. The opener is part of OCA’s program highlighting talented young area artists before each concert.

Admission to the concert is $25 for adults or $6 for students. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at The Green Toad Bookstore and The Eighth Note music store in downtown Oneonta.

For more info, visit OCA at For reservations call 607-433-7252.

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