Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down: Top-notch NIU jazz director will be missed
Thumbs up: To Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble Director Ron Carter, who conducted his last concert at NIU on Thursday. Carter is retiring this spring after 20 years of directing the nationally renowned ensemble. Since June 1998, the jazz studies program at NIU has been rated as one of the top 10 graduate jazz programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report and has won a slew of awards. Professor Carter will certainly be missed.