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Regina Carter

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Friday, February 17, 2017

One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald.

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Born April 25, 1917, the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald has influenced female jazz musicians for generations. The Kennedy Center presents a number of distinct performances in recognition of the centennial of the 1979 Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master's birth.
 
One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration. Joining Carter are Marvin Sewell on guitar; Brandon McCune on piano, Hammond B-3, and Rhodes; Chris Lightcap on bass; and Alvester Garnett on drums. 

Of Ella, Carter says: "To this very day, whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I'm entranced by her voice, her melodic improvisations and the passion and artfulness with which Ella sings a song…In a word, Ella is sublime, and she is at the top of my go-to list when learning a jazz tune…I'm so excited to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has meant so much to all the notes in my musical life."

Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission.