Past Event

Volume 12—Regina Carter: Swing States, and Getting Out the Vote

With her latest release, “Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground,” the celebrated violinist and composer Regina Carter leads a stellar band through interpretations of familiar songs associated with what we call “swing states”—“Swanee River” (Florida), “Rocky Mountain High” (Colorado), “Georgia on My Mind”.  In doing so, she means to highlight the joys and the power of voting, as well the challenges along the road to voting rights. She sees the democratic process as something that can unite us instead of simply dividing us.

For this virtual event, she and Grammy winning trumpeter, composer and arranger John Daversa will share music from the new release and talk about its creation. Following that, she’ll join series host Larry Blumenfeld, along with Crystal Joseph, VP, League of Women Voters NYC, and Checo Yancy, Policy Director, Voters Organized to Educate, for a discussion about what our votes mean to each of us, and for all of us.


Meet the Artist
Trying to fit Regina Carter into a neatly defined musical category is pointless. She enjoys performing many styles of music—jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, African, and on and on. In each she explores the power of music through the voice of the violin. Born in Detroit, Regina began studying violin at the age of four using the Suzuki method. She attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, and her training continued at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Oakland University in Michigan for jazz.

A recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, Regina has been widely hailed for her mastery of her instrument and her drive to expand its possibilities. In 2018 she was named artistic director of the New Jersey Performing Arts All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals. In December of that year she was nominated for a Grammy for Best Improvised Solo for “Some of That Sunshine,” the title track on vocalist Karrin Allyson’s album. She is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, New Jersey City University and is artist-in-residence at Oakland University School of Music, Theater and Dance.

Jazz and Social Justice
This ongoing series connects the music we love with the social and political issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose NJMIH programs during the past dozen years have considered Afro-Cuban influence within New York’s jazz scene and contemporary New Orleans.