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Versatile Violinist Regina Carter's Jazz Port Townsend Concert | Jazz Northwest for September 13

Jim Levitt
Regina Carter in concert at Jazz Port Townsend, July 24, 2015.

Violinist Regina Carter demonstrated her varied training and experience during her concert at this Summer's Jazz Port Townsend, presented by Centrum.  The concert ,which will air exclusively on 88.5 KPLU and on Sunday September 13 at 2 PM Pacific, includes standards and blues, African music and an original by her drummer Alvester Garnett.  Also joining Regina Carter in this concert are pianist Benny Green and bassist John Clayton.

Drawing upon classical technique and the easy swing of such early jazz violinists as Stuff Smith, Ms. Carter drew expressive music from her violin that reflected her wide ranging musical interests.  Her opening piece was a tribute to Stuff Smith and Nat King Cole, "When I Grow Too Old to Dream."  She also played music by the contemporary African bassist and composer Richard Bona, as well as a moving spiritual "I'm Going Home" which was introduced by a field recording of the song.

A native of Detroit and classically trained, Regina Carter has recorded nine CDs as a leader ranging from classical music performed on a violin once owned by Paganini, to music of the American South and Africa as she traced her own roots.

Credit Jim Levitt
Benny Green, John Clayton, Alvester Garnett, Regina Carter at Jazz Port Townsend

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