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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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