OU World Music and Latin Jazz Concerts feature violinist Regina Carter


Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will perform as a special guest on Friday, November 30 at the World Music Concert and on Saturday, December 1 at the Latin Jazz Concert at Varner Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Oakland.

“When I was a student at OU, the big band director, Marvin ‘Doc’ Holladay, brought in guest musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Lyman Woodard, Ken Cox and Wendell Harrison, to work and perform with us,” he said. said Carter, of Oakland University. artist in residence.

“The opportunities and experiences I had when I was a student at OU really helped shape and give me a solid foundation for my career in music,” she added. “I love visiting my alma mater, working with the students and helping to keep this tradition alive.

On Friday, November 30, Carter will join the African ensemble Akwaaba, the Ngoma World Percussion Ensemble and special guest James Isabirye to present an evening of Ugandan music. A doctorate in progress. A student at OU, Isabirye will share several royal Ugandan musical traditions that are at the heart of her doctoral research. The program will also include the xylophone embaire, tamenhaibuga drums and bigwala trumpets from the Kingdom of Busoga as well as the entenga drums from the Kingdom of Buganda.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Varner Recital Hall. Tickets cost $ 8 for all seats and can be purchased online at startickets.com.

L’OU Jazz Band

On Saturday, December 1, the OU Jazz Band, Pan-Jumbies Steel Band and Ngoma World Percussion Ensemble present a Latin jazz program featuring Carter and Miguel Gutierrez, one of the best Latin percussionists in the Detroit metro.

“Well known as an innovative musician, Carter reveals the melodic side of the violin and its potential for percussive expression,” said Sean Dobbins, renowned Detroit-area jazz drummer and special speaker at Oakland University. “This program and the World Music program on November 30 will demonstrate his eagerness to explore musical combinations and contexts that are both familiar and unexpected.”

The Latin Jazz concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Varner Recital Hall. Tickets cost $ 8 for students, $ 10 for the general public and can be purchased online at startickets.com.

Varner Recital Hall is located at 371 Varner Drive in Rochester, Michigan.

For more information on these events, contact the School of Music, Drama and Dance at 248-370-2030 or [email protected]

About Regina Carter

Born in Detroit, Carter studied at the Center for Creative Studies and the New England Conservatory of Music before moving to Oakland University, where she received a Bachelor of Music in 1985.

Since then, Carter has traveled the world extensively and in 2001 she became the first jazz and African-American musician to play “The Cannon,” a 250-year-old Guarneri violin that once belonged to Niccolo Paganini, which is preserved in Genoa, Italy, and is only played once a year by an individual deemed worthy.

Grammy nominated and 2006 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation scholarship, Carter is now considered the most distinguished jazz violinist of her generation. She has performed with prominent symphony orchestras and has performed with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Blige. His latest album, Ella: accentuate the positive, is a celebration of the contagious and inclusive art of the First Lady of Song.


Willie J. Johnson