Legendary Musician Paved the Way for Black Artists

February, 21, 2024

“They were thirsting for somewhere to show what they did, other than in their kitchens to their neighbors.” This is a quote from an interview I conducted with the legendary musician, Ron Carter. He sat down with me to describe what it was like for Black artists in the 1970s, and the discrimination they faced due to their race. This multi-Grammy award-winning performer said he traveled every week, on his only day off, from Manhattan to Buffalo to teach Black musicians and help them thrive. The building where Carter taught them also welcomed other renowned Black artists like Alvin Ailey dancers. Preservationists are restoring the structure so this history will live on. Tomorrow, I will post my full story.


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