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Regina Carter (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She began as a classical violinist but became increasingly interested in jazz, and is considered one of the finest violinists in the genre. Carter attended Cass Technical High School. Carter received a degree in music from Oakland University and studied at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before forging her jazz career.

In 1996, Regina Carter began leading her first band, an “electric band.”

In December 2001, she played a concert in Genoa on the Cannone Guarnerius of Niccolò Paganini. Using the same violin, she later recorded Paganini: After a Dream for Verve Records. [1]

Active as an educator, mentor, and proponent of the Suzuki method[2], Carter has taught at numerous institutions, including at Berklee College of Music[3], and two appearances at Stanford Jazz Workshop.

She currently performs at the head of a quintet. In May 2006, she was touring with Mark Krose (clarinet), Xavier Davis (piano), Alvester Garnett (drums), and Matt Parish (bass).

Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellows Program grant, also known as a “genius grant,” in September of 2006.


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  • RonZol


    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LatinChillFox

    awesome! :)

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • PolskiFlower

    Regina is among the greatest violinists and should be in everyone's library. Also Regina is a beautiful princess, just look at her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pinki2012

    She was also part of an all women's jazz group called Straight Ahead. I saw here at the Carter Baron Ampithreatre in Washington, DC in the 90s and they really, truly and magnificently turned the show out!! Google the group

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • ende_neu81

    nice discovery!

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Dologan

    She's a goddess. Worth every penny of the MacArthur Fellowship.

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • cathytaffy

    MY FAV! Seeing her live in May! =D

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Terriero

    Conocí a esta artista en el concierto que dio el pasado 25 de Marzo en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He quedado profundamente enamorado de su música. Despierta en mí sensaciones que hacía mucho no sentía.

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • nico_nqn

    good music!

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Prederick

    I think that Genius Grant will be well-spent.

    22 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Aerisu

    Even more amazing to see live.

    12 Jun 2007 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    This woman is absolutely amazing!

    27 Feb 2007 Reply

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