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Regina Carter


Violinist Regina Carter challenges our preconceptions regarding the violin by combining dazzling technical proficiency and profound compositional and improvisational gifts with a fresh, aggressive approach to her instrument.

She studied both classical and jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1997 she joined Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on their international tour of Blood on the Fields, the trumpeter's acclaimed epic on American slavery. She has also worked with Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Oliver Lake, Max Roach, Steve Turré, Cassandra Wilson, the Uptown String Quartet, the String Trio of New York and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. She has performed and recorded with popular singers Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle and R&B artists Mary J. Bilge and Lauryn Hill.

Ms. Carter's first solo recording, Regina Carter (Atlantic), melded funk, classical, Motown, African beats, and jazz, and Something for Grace (Atlantic) included traditional, electric, acoustic, Latin, R&B, and swing. Rhythms of the Heart (Verve 1999) and a tribute to her hometown Motor City Moments (Verve 2000) followed. On December 30, 2000, Ms. Carter became the first jazz musician invited to play Niccolo Paganini's "Cannon," a 250-year-old Guarneri de Gesu violin housed in Genoa, Italy. Afterward, she recorded Paganini: After a Dream (Verve 2003), a CD containing European classical and Latin jazz music played on the fabulous instrument.

Regina Carter first appeared at the Kennedy Center on November 10, 1997, with Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center. She returned for the 80th Birthday Celebration for Taylor, performed with her Trio in the Terrace Theater, and in the Concert Hall for the Kennedy Center's Gala "Ellington, Etc."

Last updated: March 1, 2007
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