Soulful Sundays – Regina Carter

Jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter began taking piano lessons at age two after playing by air a melody for her brother’s piano teacher. At four, she was enrolled at the Detroit Community Music School. She played with Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Division, took master classes with Itzak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin.

Carter began studying classical violin at New England Conservatory of Music, then switched to jazz and Oakland University in Michigan as the Conservatory did not have a jazz program.

Regina Carter, photo
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She’s played with Straight Ahead, accompanied Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Mary J. Blige and Dolly Parton, played with Max Roach and toured with Wynton Marsalis. Currently, she performs as the head of a quintet. Carter, who was born in Detroit on August 6, 1966 is the cousin of jazz saxophonist, James Carter. She has 7 solo CDs to her credit.

Here’s Carter’s Pavane from her CD, Paganini: After a Dream. If you like what you hear, go here for a free download of Artistiya from her latest album, Reverse Thread.


4 comments on “Soulful Sundays – Regina Carter

  1. Hi there if it wouldn’t be a problem to you can you help me by providing a link where I can hear Regina play instruments. I’m curious about her and I would love to see her play some music. I deeply appreciate it if you can help me with this.

  2. She is as beautiful as she is talented and I saw her perform some years back. TY for featuring Regina on your blog… She truly is a brilliant musician. 🙂

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