Artists like Beyonce get a whole lot of attention but we all know that R&B isn’t the only kind of music we can make. For that matter neither is hip-hop. But we don’t think enough about jazz and the sisters that make it—especially if they’re not singing a tune. But Regina Carter will not be dismissed so easily. Just like Diana Ross and all of the other Motown greats, Carter hails from the Motor City. She began and was trained as a classical violinist but got her first exposure and appreciation for jazz while still in high school.
Before become a force of nature as a solo artist, she was part of a quartet called “Straight Ahead”. Since she’s been on her own she’s released six CDs—the last one “I’ll Be Seeing You,” featured the music her late mother loved from the 1940s with Carter’s amazing touch. In addition, this awesomely talented woman makes the time to teach and lead workshops on the craft as well as tour. She was awarded the coveted MacArthur Fellowship that same year.
Whether you are a jazz aficionado or not, take the time to give this sister a listen. She is showing the world what an amazing sound a sister can make with a bow expertly played on finely turned strings.
Here’s some footage of Miss Carter doing her thing on the strings and talking about being awarded the MacArthur Fellowship:Read Also