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The last date listed for Jazz Violinist Regina Carter was Friday June 12, 2009 / 11:00pm.
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“Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz.” —Time magazine
Regina Carter’s immersion in music began at the age of two, when she took up piano, followed by violin at the age of four. Although her original focus was classical music, with the hope of being a soloist with a major symphony, the pull of Detroit’s rich soul music legacy and the discovery of jazz broadened her horizons.
Carter attended Detroit’s prestigious Cass Technical High School. Upon graduating, she departed for the New England Conservatory of Music, only to return to Michigan’s Oakland University, seasoning her chops by gigging with several local musicians. She later joined the attention-grabbing all-female quartet Straight Ahead, which recorded two albums for Atlantic Records. Carter departed the band in 1994, recording two solo albums for Atlantic while also making the most of her newfound New York connections by working with the likes of the String Trio of New York, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Greg Tate and the Black Rock Coalition.
Carter joined Verve Records in 1998 and has since recorded four critically acclaimed works of astounding maturity and variety: “Rhythms of the Heart,” “Motor City Moments” (produced by John Clayton) and “Paganini: After a Dream” (for which she made history by being the first African American and jazz musician to travel to Genoa, Italy to perform and record with the legendary Guarneri del Gesu violin owned by classical music virtuoso Niccolò Paganini), and a duet project with pianist Kenny Baron entitled “Freefall.” Her playing has also graced work that includes filmmaker Ken Burns’ soundtrack for the PBS documentary “Jazz”; Wynton Marsalis’ opera Blood on the Fields; Cassandra Wilson’s tribute to Miles Davis, “Traveling Miles”; and the queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige. In the summer of 2006, Regina joined Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri for some dates related to his latest recording, the Grammy Award-winning “Listen Here,” on which she was also a guest.
Throughout an enviable career that has been marked by eclectic virtuosity, heart, and stunning fusions of music both celestially classical and earthily modern, Carter delivers her most stylistically focused work to date with her sixth solo release, “I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey.”