Thursday, February 25 | 7:30 p.m.
This concert is supported in part by an award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Western Jazz Presenters Network.
Winter/Spring 2016 Concert Series
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Part of the Stradivarius Concert Series
Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation—a designation which doesn’t quite paint the picture. As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a “genius grant”). Those are more apparent than ever on Southern Comfort (Sony Music Masterworks), in which she explores the folk music of the South.
Southern Comfort thematically connects Carter’s earlier albums I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006), which features her mother’s favorite early jazz standards; and Reverse Thread (2010) which celebrates the tradition of African music re-imagined for violin, accordion, bass, drums, and kora. On her new album she explores the folk tunes her paternal grandfather, a coalminer, would have heard as he toiled in Alabama—and the project expanded to include other folk tunes of the region.
Intent on making the past present, Regina sought out distant relatives and books about the era in which her grandfather lived. From there, she went to the Library of Congress and the renowned collections of folklorists such as Alan Lomax and John Work III digging deep into their collected field recordings from Appalachia. On Southern Comfort, Carter interprets her own roots through a modern lens. The 11 tracks include her interpretations of Cajun fiddle music, early gospel, and coal miner’s work songs in addition to some more contemporary tunes.
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