The 18th Annual NMU Jazz Festival
Friday, April 11, 2014
Violinist Regina Carter
The 18th Annual NMU Jazz Festival will be held on the beautiful campus of Northern Michigan University on Friday, April 11, 2014. 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 28, 2014. Click HERE for printable (PDF) registration materials.
This year's event will feature Regina Carter, one of the most popular contemporary 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 like 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: www.reginacarter.com. We are very pleased that she will be joining us for the NMU Jazz Festival this year in Marquette!
Thanks to a unique partnership this year with the NMU Northern Nights Performing Arts Series, jazz festival participants and jazz fans will have not one, but two opportunities to see Regina Carter perform in Marquette this April! As the guest artist for the NMU Jazz Festival, she will be performing with the NMU Jazz Band and the NMU Jazz Combo in the traditional closing concert for the Festival at 7:30pm on Friday evening (April 11) in Kaufman Auditorium. The very next night (Saturday, April 12), Carter will be back in Kaufman Auditorium at 7:30pm to perform another program with her own traveling band, featuring music from her latest recording, Southern Comfort. Add these two great concerts to your calendar now!