Regina Carter


The reigning queen of jazz violin has carved a niche for herself by blending the traditionalist style of Stephane Grappelli with the avant-garde bravado of Billy Bang and the dazzling technique of Itzhak Perlman. She studied with the latter at one point as a young classical violin student at the New England Conservatory before catching that incurable jazz bug. Though she got her start performing with the Detroit Civic Orchestra, she is as likely to draw inspiration from fellow Michigan natives Anita Baker and Stevie Wonder, imbuing the Motown sound with a fluidity that never loses sight of her Rust Belt roots.

Oct. 1-5, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2013