Dan Ouellette on Regina Carter:
The premiere jazz violinist Regina Carter became a MacArthur Foundation Award fellow in 2006, acknowledging her brilliance as a composer and performer. Her last—and tenth—album was Ella: Accentuate the Positive that was not only a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in the centennial of her birth, but also a personal homage to the First Lady of Song. As a result she was 2017’s featured artist on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival. She also led a violin workshop at the Instituto Superior de Arte as a part of the educational activities of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz-sponsored International Jazz Day in Havana. Based in New Jersey, Carter serves as the artist in residence at her alma mater, Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where twice a year she works with students and performs a concert once a year with students and faculty. She’s also co-taught an improvisational class for strings players at the Manhattan School of Music. In addition, when she plays in certain cities like St. Louis at the club Jazz at the Bistro, she spends her days performing for students at the Children’s Hospital as well as at hospice facilities. When asked if she thinks she’s a good role model for upcoming jazz artists, she said, “Yeah, I think we all are. People are watching us and checking us out. So I think I am, and I’m hoping that I’m a positive role model. But young kids are impressionable and sometimes they see this bad behavior and they see in jazz these personalities and vibe and the way of treating others in a negative way. So they try to emulate. And they think it’s OK. So that’s the bad role model.”
Ouellette, Dan and Danziger, Bob, "Regina Carter Interview by Dan Ouellette and Bob Danziger" (2019). Jazz Interviews Archive. 31.
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