The 19th Annual NMU Jazz Festival

Friday, April 17, 2015



Violinist Regina Carter


Please click HERE for school performance schedules, maps, etc.

The 19th Annual NMU Jazz Festival will be held on the beautiful campus of Northern Michigan University on Friday, April 17, 2015.  High school and middle school jazz bands and combos in the region are invited to participate. There is a $200 entry fee for each participating ensemble (additional ensembles from the same school can register for $75).  Space is limited.  The registration deadline is February 27, 2015.  Click HERE for printable (PDF) registration materials.

This year's event will feature Regina Carter, one of the most widely acclaimed violinists in modern music, who has dazzled audiences around the world with exhilarating performances. Boasting influences that range from R&B to East Indian, to classical, Carter has a diverse musical personality which has allowed her to perform and record with a wide range of artists, including jazz luminaries Ray Brown, Marian McPartland, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston, Cassandra Wilson, and pop icons such as Dolly Parton and Billy Joel. Her impressive discography includes recordings with Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Mary J.Blige, Danilo Perez, and several others, and in 2006, she won the highly esteemed MacArthur Fellowship for her extraordinary originality and dedication to her creative pursuits. Her 2010 recording, Reverse Thread, features hypnotically beautiful African folk melodies captured through a lens of contemporary interpretation that blends the exquisite sonorities of her violin with the kora (West African harp) and accordion, as well as guitar, bass and percussion. Her latest release, Southern Comfort, celebrates her family's Alabama roots with joyful Southern music. For additional information about Regina Carter, please visit her website:  We are very pleased that she will be joining us for the NMU Jazz Festival this year in Marquette!

Thanks to a unique collaboration between the NMU Jazz Festival and the Northern Nights Performing Arts Series, Marquette audiences will actually have TWO opportunities to hear Regina Carter perform.  At 7:30pm on Thursday, April 16, she will be performing with her own touring ensemble in Kaufman Auditorium as part of the Northern Nights Performing Arts Series, and at 7:30pm on the following evening (April 17), Carter will be the featured artist with the NMU Jazz Band in the final concert of the NMU Jazz Festival, also in Kaufman Auditorium.  Add these concerts to your calendar now!  (Click HERE for detailed concert information.)