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Saturday January 18, 2020

From Post And Courier

Violinist Regina Carter in full swing for the Charleston Jazz Festival
By: ADAM PARKER

“The term ‘jazz’ conjures the sound of pianos and horns, a drum kit and upright bass. Sometimes a guitar is thrown into the mix. Occasionally an organ or vibraphone appears, or a sax player turns to his flute.

But jazz is an inviting and flexible genre of music. One can produce it on nearly any instrument. That’s why adventurous string players ‘” especially violinists with a penchant for improvisation ‘” might dabble in jazz. And once in a while, a violinist goes all in and becomes a master of her adopted domain.

Like many other violinists, Detroit-native Regina Carter began by studying classical music. In high school, a friend in the orchestra introduced Carter to the music of Noel Pointer, a trailblazing American jazz violinist, the popular French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and the musician to which all jazz violinists refer, master gypsy-jazz player Stephane Grappelli.”

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