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Thursday May 04, 2017

From WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter Pays Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald
By: Jason Marck

As musicians and music fans alike honor Ella Fitzgerald on the centenary of her birth, internationally acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter is paying tribute to the ‘First Lady of Song’ on her new album Ella: Accentuate The Positive.

‘The first time I put on on an Ella record, I just got this feeling of warmth and love,’ she told Morning Shift host Jenn White. ‘I could escape. I put her on and I could just go to another place.’

Carter said choosing lesser known songs gave her the ‘freedom to give a different treatment to these tunes,’ drawing inspiration from soul artists like Mavis Staples and Fitzgerald’s own wide-ranging discography.

Ahead of her concert at Symphony Center Friday, Morning Shift spoke to Carter about the project and the parallels between her own work and that of Ella Fitzgerald. Below are some interview highlights…

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