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Friday October 24, 2014

From The California Aggie

Regina Carter to take Mondavi Center stage
By: Chloe Catajan

The wonder of music is its ability to combine creativity, passion and history into one collective sound. Jazz violinist Regina Carter showcases this phenomenon in her latest album, Southern Comfort, which explores and honors popular music during her grandfather’s days as a coalminer in Alabama.

Carter will be performing Southern Comfort at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1. The event is part of the Mondavi Center’s Director’s Choice series. The series is a selection of shows featuring performers that Don Roth, executive director of the Mondavi Center, holds close to heart. Roth said he had much respect for Carter’s passion and authenticity as a musician.

“What’s so cool about Regina’s project is that it is a very different kind of music from the [traditional] jazz she’s famous for,” Roth said. “It is ‘roots’ music in the most authentic sense of the word. She’s exploring music that her grandparents knew when they were growing up in the Deep South, but she makes it [modern and] her own.”

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