Ron Carter and Corcoran Holt Named as DC Jazz Festival Artists-in-Residence

Ron Carter and Corcoran Holt

This year marks 20 years of the DC Jazz Festival, which promises to be a bass-heavy affair. The annual jazz festival in the nation’s capital just announced that NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter and modern bass great Corcoran Holt have been appointed the Artists-in-Residence for this year’s event.

Carter, of course, is jazz royalty and one of the most recorded bassists of all time whose résumé includes Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim, A Tribe Called Quest, and many, many more.

“Serving as DC Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence is a new affiliation that I greatly relish and look forward to,” said Carter.

Holt is a DC native who counts Carter as one of his biggest inspirations. He’s currently a professor at Arizona State University and has spent his fair share of time on the bandstand with jazz legends. He may be best known for his time in the Kenny Garrett Quintet, for which he received a Grammy nomination.

“My upbringing in Washington DC prepared me for my journey in life as a musician and educator. This DC Jazz Festival residency exemplifies coming full circle to my DC roots,” said Corcoran Holt. “I am truly honored to take part.”

The DC Jazz Festival is held over Labor Day Weekend. More details and the full lineup will be announced as the date gets closer.

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