Past Event

Desert Island Discs with Regina Carter

Conservatory-trained and bandstand-tested, violinist Regina Carter addresses her instrument, as per her faculty web-page at Manhattan School of Music, “not simply as an improvisational vehicle, but a passport to unexpected realms. . .a Rosetta Stone that unlocks the doors to a myriad of cultures, sounds, and worlds apart.” Carter is the first African-American to play the legendary 1743 Guarneri Del Gesu violin owned by Nicolo Paganini, as documented on her 2003 album Paganini: After a Dream. She’s recorded hardcore jazz with Kenny Barron and fellow Detroit native Barry Harris, and Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri. She’s played “down and dirty fiddle” style on tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s presentation of Blood on the Fields, and done sessions with such pop music icons as Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and Dolly Parton. On recent albums, Carter has explored traditional African music (Reverse Threads), Americana Roots music (Southern Comfort), and the oeuvre of Ella Fitzgerald (Ella: Accentuate The Positive). In short, Carter refuses to place herself in boxes of any stripe, addressing all the idioms she navigates on their own terms of engagement, telling her stories with deep soul and intelligence.

In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version curated and hosted by esteemed journalist Ted Panken, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality.