The Carter Experience

The Carter Experience

Michelle Madlansacay, Arts and Entertainment Editor

On Friday September 20th, Professor Ronald Carter visited Berkeley Carroll to talk to the entire Upper School and faculty about music and pop culture. He is the coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, and director of the well-known NIU Jazz Ensemble. In his address during the assembly, Professor Carter gave insight on the value of educating young students about the history and evolution of music. He also shared some of his favorite experiences while musically touring the world with his son, Bryan Carter. At the end of his visit, students and faculty enjoyed an impromptu performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” by Professor Carter and his son. Ronald Carter’s visit opened our eyes to the great power in the language of music, and how it can help globally bring people together.


Check out some of Ron Carter’s favorite music albums:


Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

The Great Paris Concert – Duke Ellington

Basie Straight Ahead – Count Basie

Somethin’ Else – Cannonball Adderley


Soul/ R&B:

Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

Keep Your Head To The Sky – Earth Wind & Fire

Best of Luther Vandross – Luther Vandross



 Any recording by the Beatles