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Bassist Ron Carter celebrates his birthday at Carnegie Hall

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Bassist Ron Carter

The most-recorded jazz bassist in history will mark his 85th birthday and acknowledge his stellar 65-year career with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 10.

"My responsibility as a bassist and band leader is using every opportunity to create spectacular music." — Ron Carter

He's certainly done that. Back in 2015, Guinness World Records verified Carter as having 2,221 individual recording credits.

The Detroit native and NEA Jazz Master has also published 15 bass instruction books, teaches master classes around the world and holds five honorary doctorates, including the most recent one from The Julliard School.

"For the Love of Ron" on May 10 at Carnegie Hall will feature tributes by fellow bassists Stanley Clark and Buster Williams and performances by Carter with pianists Donald Vega and Renee Rosnes, guitarist Russell Malone, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and drummer Payton Crossley. The evening's emcee will be NBC News host Lester Holt.

A little closer to home, you can catch Ron Carter's Golden Striker Trio at this year's PDX Jazz Festival on Feb. 18 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.