Acclaimed jazz violinist to perform with WMU alumnus

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KALAMAZOO—Violinist and jazz soloist Regina Carter will appear in concert with her quartet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

The concert is presented by the Donald P. Bullock Foundation and is also part of a series of events celebrating the School of Music’s 100th anniversary. Members of the quartet include pianist and WMU alumnus Xavier Davis, bassist Jesse Murphy and percussionist Alvester Garnett.

The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available from Miller Auditorium at or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

Regina Carter

Originally from Detroit, Carter received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2006. She released her first solo CD, "Regina Carter," in 1995, after working on two albums with the all-female jazz quartet Straight Ahead. She was the first jazz artist and African American to play Niccolo Paganini's famed Guarneri "Cannon" violin. She has been featured with several symphony orchestras and performed with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Blige. Numerous artists have employed her talents on recordings, including filmmaker Ken Burns on his soundtrack for The Civil War. After traveling throughout Africa, she released "Reverse Thread" in 2010, an album comprised mainly of African folk tunes.

Bullock Music Performance Institute

The Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive! concert series is presented by the WMU School of Music under the auspices of the Bullock Music Performance Institute. Established in the fall of 1985 and renamed in 1988 in honor of its founder, the institute has presented events ranging from formal evening concerts to daytime educational outreach events for local audiences and students of all ages.

For more information about the Wednesday evening concert series, call (269) 387-4704 or (269)  87-4678, or visit