Press Release: Celebrity Series Presents Regina Carter

Friday February 10, 2017, 8 PM, October 15, 2016, 8pm — Sanders Theatre

For Immediate Release
 Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,
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Regina Carter, Photo Credit-David Katzenstein

Regina Carter, Photo Credit-David Katzenstein

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present jazz violinist Regina Carter in her Simply Ella program on Friday, February 10, 2017, at 8pm at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. This performance is generously sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.

Tickets start at $30, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Sanders Theatre box office, Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

This performance marks the fifth appearance for Regina Carter with Celebrity Series of Boston; she made her Celebrity Series debut in 2001 with the Regina Carter Quintet and was seen most recently in 2014 as part of her Southern Comfort tour.

Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, as well as a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius grant” recipient. Marking the 100th birthday of a musical legend, Regina’s upcoming album and touring program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – the source of Regina’s musical inspiration. An influence she has cherished throughout her life, Regina describes her visceral connection to Ella’s music.

Carter is a highly original soloist whose sophisticated technique and rich, lush tone took the jazz world by pleasant surprise when she arrived in New York from her native Detroit. She has collaborated with artists as diverse as Faith Evans, Elliot Sharp, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with filmmaker Ken Burns on his soundtrack for The Civil War. She has also worked with Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis and Oliver Lake.

Carter began playing her instrument at age four and attended Detroit’s prestigious Cass Technical High School. She attended Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, only to return to Michigan to join the all-female jazz quartet Straight Ahead. After two recordings for the Atlantic label, Carter left the band in 1994 to move to New York City in search of a solo career.

Carter found herself working with Max Roach, the String Trio of New York and the Uptown String Quartet before recording her self-titled debut recording on Atlantic in 1995. Its mixture of R&B, pop and jazz confused jazz fans and delighted pop critics. She then recorded Something for Grace, which fused jazz and R&B.

In 2001, Carter recorded a duet session with Kenny Barron that has been universally acclaimed for its lyrical qualities and stunning range of dynamics and harmonic invention. She has since released the classically influenced Paganini: After a Dream in 2003 and the American songbook album I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey in 2006 as a tribute to her late mother.

After much time spent touring and a sojourn in Africa, Carter recorded Reverse Thread in 2010, an album comprised mainly of African folk tunes from countries as diverse as Mali, Uganda and Senegal, among others. Also heard on this recording include accordionists Will Holshouser and Gary Versace, guitarist Adam Rogers, acoustic bassist Chris Lightcap, electric bassist Mamadou Ba, kora master Yocouba Sissoko, and drummer Alvester Garnett.

Using many of the same musicians, Carter furthered her exploration of earlier music on Southern Comfort, released in 2014, which explored in detail as well as in concept the roots of American music.

Program to be announced from stage.

About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.


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