Regina Carter is a violin virtuosa, it’s simple as that. She is a classically trained violinist who today is considered the master of the jazz violin. In 2001 She was invited to play a concert in Genoa, Italy using a 1743 violin that had belonged to Niccolo Paganini. In 2006 she was awarded a half-million dollar “genius grant” by the MacArthur Foundation. She is without a doubt “the real deal.”
She hails from Detroit and began playing the violin at 4 years old. She emerged on the jazz scene in the 80’s with the all-female quintet, Straight Ahead. By 1991 she had left the band and was living in New York working with R&B superstars Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige.
– In 1995 she recorded her first solo album called, Regina Carter. Her latest CD recorded in 2014 is Southern Comfort
– On this video she puts a jazz twist on the popular old school R&B hit Ain’t NoBody