“To this very day, whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m so excited to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has meant so much to all the notes in my musical life.” —REGINA CARTER
“A talented, charismatic player who is almost single-handedly reviving interest in the violin as a jazz instrument.” —THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
with special guest Regina Carter, Christie Dashiell on vocals.
Kris Funn, bass
Allyn Johnson, piano
John Lamkin III, drums
Regina’s upcoming album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, and touring program, Simply Ella, mark the 100th birthday of a musical legend. The program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – THE source of Regina’s musical inspiration.
Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation – a designation which doesn’t quite paint the picture. As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a “genius grant”). Those are more apparent than ever on her 2014 recording Southern Comfort, in which she explores the folk music of the South. The 11 tracks on Southern Comfort include Carter’s interpretations of Cajun fiddle music, early gospel and coal miner’s work songs in addition to some more contemporary tunes.
Southern Comfort thematically connects Carter’s earlier albums I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006), which features her mother’s favorite early jazz standards; and Reverse Thread (2010) which celebrates the tradition of African music re-imagined for violin, accordion, bass, drums and kora. On her new album she explores the folk tunes her paternal grandfather, a coalminer, would have heard as he toiled in Alabama – and the project expanded to include other folk tunes of the region.
Tickets: $25 in advance/$28 at door/$10 full-time students with ID