VanderCook Celebrates Duke Ellington's Birthday with Special Guest

May 1, 2014 09:02 AM
Ron Carter shown here with a young Tony Kidonakis in the saxophone section.

Jazz Band Director, Tony Kidonkais, welcomes his college mentor, Ron Carter, to campus to help celebrate Ellington's 115th birthday.  Mr. Kidonakis jumped at the opportunity to have professor Carter  share his insight and knowledge with his current VanderCook students who have been working on a primarily all Ellington program this semester. Carter is known for his expertise in the music of Duke Ellington.  Kidonakis praises Carter's ability to teach practical concepts  of jazz and his unique approach to music. He is  delighted his students will experience this inspirational, knowledgeable and exceptional educator up close and personal.

Professor Ronald Carter spent 18 years transforming lives and building an internationally-recognized jazz program at East St. Louis Lincoln High School, and recently retired from Northern Illinois University after 20 years of teaching and service as the Director of Jazz Studies. 
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VanderCook Jazz Clinic with
Professor Ronald Carter 
VanderCook College of Music and Conn-Selmer Inc. present Professor Ronald Carter in a clinic with the VanderCook College Jazz Ensemble on the styles of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

One of the most versatile and sought-after clinicians in Jazz Education, Ronald Carter has presented in workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician or adjudicator for educational institutions around the world. 
This April, Carter celebrated 20 years of teaching at Northern Illinois University, retiring as Director of Jazz Studies. He has been involved with Jazz at Lincoln Center's
Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program since 1997, leading in-school workshops, judging competition entry recordings, and directing the Band Director Academy.

Carter is Co-author of GIA Music Publicaton's "Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz" and is a Conn-Selmer Instrument Artist Clinician/Educational Specialist. 
This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Conn-Selmer, Inc. 
Contact Jazz Ensemble Director Tony Kidonakis to RSVP via email at

MAY 1, 2014


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