The virtuoso jazz violinist returns to Rockport for the first time in six years, bringing her boundless curiosity and hard swinging style in a tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald.

“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

Carter is touring off her acclaimed new record, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, an album that finds the violinist interpreting classic tunes associated with Ella Fitzgerald. The release is Carter’s 10th, continuing her string of remarkable studio offerings that balance creative playfulness with jaw-dropping technical skills and a unique boundary-defying musical vision.

Born and raised in Detroit, Regina Carter began her musical career in the classical world, picking up the violin at age 4 and performing in the youth division of the Detroit Symphony. She attended the lauded Cass Technical High School, and later the New England Conservatory, before switching her attention to jazz and transferring to Michigan’s Oakland University. In 1987, Carter joined the all-female pop/jazz hybrid group Straight Ahead, and with them released two records on the Atlantic label before going solo in 1991 and moving to New York City.

After a few years of session work with major artists including Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, and Dolly Parton, she released her eponymous solo debut in 1995, followed by Something for Grace in 1997.  That same year she toured with Wynton Marsalis for his Pulitzer Prize winning production Blood on the Fields.  Carter then moved to Verve Records where her career truly blossomed, releasing several acclaimed records including the classical-themed Paganini: After a Dream. Carter received a highly coveted MacArthur Fellowship (“genius grant”) in 2006, and four years later released the pan-African-themed record, Reverse Thread.  Always musically restless, she explored the roots of southern music next, coming out with the groundbreaking Southern Comfort in 2014.


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