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Tuesday February 19, 2019

From The Northern Express

REGINA CARTER BRINGING ELLA FITZGERALD ALIVE AT CITY OPERA HOUSE
By: Ross Boissoneau

Renowned violinist Regina Carter has found inspiration in what might appear to be an unusual place: a vocalist. Though in the case of a jazz musician, it’s hard to get much better inspiration than from Ella Fitzgerald.

Carter’s latest album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, features songs jazz legend Fitzgerald sang during her life. Carter will play material from the album as well as other tunes on her ‘Simply Ella’ tour, which comes to the City Opera House Feb. 23. Northern Express called up Carter, a native Michigander, to talk about what brought her to music and this place in her career.

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Music was always around the Carter home, from the Beatles to Motown, classical to show tunes. Young Regina would pull albums at random from her parents’ record collection to listen to. ‘I’d just pick up up a record. South Pacific, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald,’ said Carter. For Carter, the fascination with ‘the first lady of song’ started early and never went away. Something about Fitzgerald’s voice made her feel like there was a personal connection, Carter says in her online bio. ‘When she sang, I felt really warm and safe, almost a maternal connection.’

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