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Jazz Birthdays: Regina and Charlie | August 6, 2012

Regina Carter  1966

Regina started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit.  She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2006, cited for “weaving new sound tapestries” and “pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz.”

Her latest recording Reverse Thread traces folkloric and popular melodies as paths into the religions, languages and cultures of Africa.

“I think of the human race being a huge garment, and if you pull one string it can unravel the whole garment.” – Regina Carter

Charlie Haden  1937

An original member of the ground-breaking Ornette Coleman Quartet in the 1950s, bassist Charlie Haden has also explored “political music,” Portuguese fado and vintage country–just to name a few genres.  He established the jazz studies program at California Institute of the Arts in 1982, and has been honored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society as “Jazz Educator of the Year.”  He’s also a 2012 NEA Jazz Master.

“We’re here to bring beauty to the world and make a difference in this planet. That’s what art forms are about.” – Charlie Haden

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