Funding should be priority, not ‘moving forward’ – jazz’s Ron Carter

2012-03-30 12:22

Jazz elder statesman and Miles Davis alumnus, Ron Carter, says he is distressed by talk of “moving the music forward”.

The jazz bassist was responding to questions about the future of jazz at a press conference held today, ahead of his performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

“I’m kind of distressed by this phrase: moving the music forward. I mean they haven’t found new notes,” he said.

He added that “our priority should be to get the funding to teach little kids to learn to appreciate good music. So when they get older they know that you don’t get to hear a good band for free.”

Accompanied by the members of his touring trio – drummer Lenny White and saxophonist Donald Harrison – Carter spoke about the role of public school programmes in promoting music appreciation.

“We have a problem where governments are cutting budgets for things like band programmes in public schools. Plus, in festivals, budgets are never big enough for us to take big bands on the road. So people don’t get to hear this music much.”

Carter and his trio are scheduled to perform on the Rosies Stage tomorrow at 10pm.

» Now in its 13th year, the festival has sold out tickets for the fourth year in a row. These include 15 000 tickets per day of the weekend’s jazz jamboree. 

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