BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Awardee Ron Carter. Photo: Beti Niemeyer.

BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Awardee Ron Carter. Photo: Beti Niemeyer.

Bassist and Educator Ron Carter
Named BNY Mellon Jazz 2016
Living Legacy Honoree


Award to be Presented October 7, 2016 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Baltimore – May 16, 2016 – Bassist and educator Ron Carter will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 7, 2016. The Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment servicing. The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

The 2016 event will include a gala reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium, the award ceremony, and a performance featuring the BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy awardee Gary Bartz in the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.

“BNY Mellon is invested in supporting the arts, including jazz, because we believe it contributes to making our local communities better places to live and work,” said Jyoti Chopra, Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability. “Ron Carter exemplifies the capacity of the arts to educate and enrich society. His diverse and numerous contributions to the jazz world and his students are truly inspiring.”

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music’s greats including Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy and later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.

In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call ‘Sheet Blues’, an instrumental composition from the film ‘Round Midnight. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men,The Passion of Beatrice, and Blind Faith. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter.

Mr. Carter has received two honorary doctorates and recently was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France’s premier cultural award–the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever.

Previous BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award winners include Gary Bartz, Joanne Brackeen, Nathan Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie” Lowery, and Clark Terry. A Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

For more information on the BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award and the 2016 event, please click here.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kennedy Center Education Department.

About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of March 31, 2016, BNY Mellon had $29.1 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at for the latest company news.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit: