Updated: Jul 26
A recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, Regina Carter has been widely hailed for her mastery of the violin and her drive to expand its possibilities. In 2018 she was named artistic director of the New Jersey Performing Arts All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals. She is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Carter first gained attention with Straight Ahead, an all-female jazz quintet that recently celebrated its 25-year reunion at the Detroit Jazz Festival. She also recorded and toured for six years with The String Trio of New York. In 1995 Carter released her self-titled solo debut on Atlantic Records. She would go on to record nine more highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including Southern Comfort and Ella: Accentuate the Positive. Carter also can be heard on albums by other artists such as Arturo O’Farrill, Stefon Harris, James Carter and Kenny Barron. She has performed at numerous jazz festivals, including Monterey, Newport, Detroit, Atlanta, Bern, Montreux, and many others. Among the orchestras she has appeared with are the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony and several others. And she participated in the 2017 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert in Havana, Cuba. A winner of multiple readers’ and critics’ poll awards from DownBeat, JazzTimes, and other publications, Carter tours with her own group and has appeared frequently as a guest soloist with performers such as Kenny Barron, Akua Dixon, Steve Turre, Stefon Harris and many others.