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Uhuru Jazz Sessions: Regina Carter
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is pleased to present the Uhuru Jazz Sessions featuring Regina Carter, who presents her latest project, Gone in a Phrase of Air.
Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin in a wide range of genres—including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African. A recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, she has been widely hailed for her mastery of her instrument and her drive to expand its possibilities.
Her albums include Paganini: After a Dream (Verve, 2003), based on a 2002 concert in Genoa, Italy, in which she was honored to be the first nonclassical violinist to play Niccolò Paganini’s Il Cannone (“The Cannon”), the legendary violin built by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1743; I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (Verve, 2006), a reinterpretation of songs from the 1920s to 1940s and tribute to her mother; Reverse Thread (E1 Music, 2010), an exploration of African folk music and the African diaspora; and Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks, 2014), a musical journey tracing her father’s roots in the American South; Ella: Accentuate the Positive (OKeh, 2017), celebrates the music and spirit of her inspiration, musical legend Ella Fitzgerald. Her latest release, Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground (Tiger Turn/ eOne, 2020), Regina and her Freedom Band; trumpeter John Daversa, pianist Jon Batiste, bassists Alexis Cuadrado and Kabir Sehgal, and drummer Harvey Mason, set out to deliver an optimistic and encouraging project that extols the importance of taking part in the democratic process.
Uhuru Jazz Sessions were made possible with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.