Jazz and New American Music composer, pianist and recording artist Claire Ritter is a rare Charlotte native who has studied piano and composition with top figures in the world of contemporary jazz.
Ritter, 60, worked with Ziggy Hurwitz during her teenage years, and later at Duke University with jazz great Mary Lou Williams.
She founded Zoning records in 1987, named after an album by her former teacher: Williams has released numerous CD recordings.
Her latest project, Claire Ritter & Friends, will be released this winter. It’s a DVD of her recent performance at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, where she was joined by Stan Strickland, Dominique Eade and Takaaki Masuko.
Ritter works with 15 to 20 students, all doing improvisation, composition or both.