Regina Carter was born on August 6, 1966 in Detroit. There is no any information about her parents. She also has two siblings, and her cousin James Carter as a jazz musician too. She has been interested in music since her early years. She started her music education since she was just two years old, when she took piano lessons.

Later she started violin lessons and chose for itself the Suzuki Method. She attended the Detroit Community Music School since she was four. Additionally, she also studied the piano, tap and ballet. Being a teenager, she was involved at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

She studied at the Cass Technical High School. During that time she joined pop-funk music band “Brainstorm”. She continued to study classical violin at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She had made a decision to play jazz music at that time. She reached her full education from the Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and graduated in the 1985.

Afterwards, she became a string teacher in Detroit public schools. She looked for a live experience so she spent two years in Germany. In the 1987 she became famous as a member of the female jazz quintet, along with Cynthia Dewberry, Gailyn Mckinney, Eileen Orr and Marion Hayden.

They released several albums, including their debut “Body and Soul”, and “Look Straight Ahead”. In 1991 she decided to leave the band and moved to New York. There she reached a success by accompanying performers such as Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel and famous country singer Dolly Parton. In the 1995 she finally released her own self-titled solo CD album “Regina Carter”. Her second album “Something For Grace” comes two years later and was dedicated to her mother. In the 1999 she released her third solo CD “Rhythms of the Heart”. The next year comes another studio album “Motor City Moments ”.

During 2001-2003 she also released two more albums, which were titled “Freefall ” and “Paganini: After a Dream”. Carter's sixth CD, was titled “I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey” and included music standards from the 1920s-1940s, which was her mother’s favorite. Her last album was released in the 2014 and was titled “Southern Comfort ”. During her career, she collaborated with numerous musicians like Kenny Barron, Anthony Davis, Mark Helias, Elliott Sharp, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Turre, Carmen Lundy, Joe Jackson and James Carter.

She is a well known master of improvisational jazz violin and additionally to her music career, she continued her work as an educator and even taught at the Berklee College of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop and others institutions and music schools.

She married her longtime boyfriend Alvester Garnett in the 2004. Their wedding was in Detroit, Michigan. Her husband plays drums in her band. She resides in Maywood, New Jersey. The information about her can be found on several social media sites, like Twitter or Instagram. Her net worth is approximately 2 million dollars.

Last Modified: Mar 10, 2020

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