Artistic Director Of NJPAC's All-Female Jazz Residency

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Wednesday June 13, 2018

From New Jersey Stage

Regina Carter Named Artistic Director Of NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced that acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter will serve as Artistic Director of this
summer’s All-Female Jazz Residency. Carter succeeds the late jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen, the residency’s founding Artistic Director.

A Grammy Award nominee and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship ‘genius grant,’ Carter expressed delight over the prospect of leading this summer’s session. ‘This is a proud moment,’ she said. ‘It’s a rare opportunity to nurture a community and build confidence in young women of jazz who are embarking on careers in the industry or considering their options. They’ll hear straight talk ‘” and learn in the best possible ways ‘” from first-in-class professionals I’m also grateful to call colleagues and collaborators.’

Alison Scott-Williams, NJPAC’s Vice President of Arts Education, said Carter’s artistic leadership will perpetuate the momentum and goals of the residency, which experienced a transition following the death of Geri Allen on June 27, 2017. ‘No doubt Regina Carter’s stature as a ‘musician’s musician’ and longtime, empathic educator will have a profound influence on the All-Female Jazz Residency,’ she added. ‘Learning from such a virtuoso is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for these young women, who will be challenged all week to reach higher, play more authentically, and work together.’

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