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2009 Stanford Jazz Festival

> 2009 Festival At A Glance
June 26   James Moody Quartet featuring Benny Green
June 27   Early Bird featuring Crosspulse Duo/Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
June 27   Gonzalo Rubalcaba
June 28   Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
July 3   Bobbe Norris with the Larry Dunlap Trio
July 5   Songs of Sinatra: An American Celebration
July 10   Wycliffe Gordon Quartet
July 11   Early Bird Jazz: Woodwinds & Strings
July 11   Regina Carter Quintet
July 12   Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz (But Were Afraid to Ask)
July 12   Wesla Whitfield & the Mike Greensill Trio
July 17   Brazilian Guitarist Paulo Bellinati with special guests Carlos Oliveira & Harvey Wainapel
July 18   The Donald Harrison 3D Experience
July 19   Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
July 20   Blastin’ Barriers with Frederick Harris & Friends
July 21   Julian Lage Group
July 22   Ruth Davies Blues Night with Elvin Bishop
July 23   Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
July 25   Matt Wilson’s Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
July 26   Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency
July 27   Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer
July 28   Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath
July 29   1959 Revisited
July 30   SJW Mentors with Matt Wilson
Aug 1   Madeline Eastman featuring Terell Stafford
Aug 2   The Heath Brothers
Aug 3   Generations Jazz Project
Aug 4   Stan@Stanford: Remembering Stan Getz
Aug 5   Mulgrew Miller Trio
Aug 7   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 8   Dena DeRose Quartet featuring Steve Davis

Regina Carter Quintet
Jeff Sanford, clarinet/flute; Regina Carter, violin; Fred Harris, piano; Seward McCain, bass; Akira Tana, drums

Saturday, July 11, 8 pm
Take 5!Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students

Inside Jazz:
The Jazz Standard
Speaker: Sonny Buxton, KCSM Radio Host
7 pm, free with concert ticket

Tickets on sale now!
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford Ticket Office
For more information, go to our Ticketing Information Page

Video: "I Can't Believe" - Regina Carter 2003

Lewis Nash Quintet with Regina Carter, "Tico Tico" (2000)
(view additional videos on our YouTube page)

Listen: Kenny Baron & Regina Carter – "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"

Listen: Kenny Baron & Regina Carter – "Squatty Roo"

Listen: Kenny Baron & Regina Carter – "Shades of Gray"

While some may consider the violin to be a slightly unconventional jazz instrument, such restrictive conventions have never hindered Regina Carter’s creativity. Growing up in Detroit, Carter played in orchestral string sections, but longed to find a more individual mode of expression. Hearing jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli opened her ears to a different approach and started a lifelong love affair with jazz and improvisation. Since she began releasing recordings as a leader in the mid-1990s, Carter has continued to make bold choices and blaze her own musical trail. Her diverse projects include a celebration of the musical heritage of Detroit, from Thad Jones to Marvin Gaye; a disc of duets with the great pianist Kenny Barron; a loving tribute to her late mother’s favorite songs of the swing era; and a live album documenting her triumphant performance in Genoa, Italy on the famous “Il Cannone” violin once owned by Niccolò Paganini—the first time a jazz musician was invited to play the legendary instrument. A relentlessly creative artist with extraordinary versatility, Carter has performed with leading musicians in many genres, from Wynton Marsalis to Mary J. Blige.

“Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring… taking the listener into the future of jazz.”

– Time Magazine

Regina Carter website

Supported in part by Diane Wyatt.


Q&A with Regina Carter

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
I was playing the Blue Note in Milan and an audience member walked up on stage while we were playing to tell me about a video he had seen. I was totally blown away that he had no concept of boundaries or timing.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
Psychologist or massage therapist.

What’s your favorite food?
I love spicy foods & collard greens, callaloo, chicken vindaloo, tzatziki, oysters, etc…

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?

What’s the last book you’ve read?
An Introduction to Music Therapy Theory and Practice by Davis, Gfeller & Thaut; Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Stuff Smith, Habib Koite, J.S. Bach, Jill Scott, Rokia Traore, to name a few. The passion and grit in their music gets inside me and awakens my core .

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and Itzhak Perlman

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, Coltrane’s After the Rain and Dobet Gnahore’s Na Afriki

What hobbies do you have?
I don’t have a main hobby but gardening is my new found love. Also, I enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles with my husband.

If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
A dancer. It seems freeing to be able to use your whole body for expression.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
Music was a part of our lives from birth. My grandmother who graduated with a degree in pedagogy in 1915 felt music and education were extremely important so my mother started my brothers and me with lessons before we started school.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
The color would constantly change depending on circumstances.