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August 23, 2019



Part 2: Regina Carter and Bennie Maupin.



Our Jazz Notes birthday profiles put us in touch with some of the most outstanding Jazz artists who are from Detroit, considered one of the most significant music cities in the world.




Regina Carter / Photo by Contemporary Jazz Lover 2,



Regina Carter is a world-renowned Jazz violinist born in Detroit, August 6, 1966. She has performed on the Dirty Dog stage with the band “Straight Ahead” .  Like many other prominent Detroit artists, she attended Cass Technical High School. As a teenager she played in the youth division of the Detroit Symphony and took master classes with world famous violinists Itzhak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin.



Ms. Carter was recently awarded the highly prestigious MacArthur Felllowship, which is considered a “genius” grant. Prior to that she studied Classical music at the New England Conservatory but later switched to Oakland University in Rochester, Mi. to study Jazz with the late trumpeter and educator Marcus Belgrave.



She went on to join the acclaimed all-female Jazz ensemble “Straight Ahead”. She soon moved to New York and began performing with such notables with Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton and Jazz greats Max Roach and Oliver Lake. Her album, “Southern Comfort” explores her family’s history through music.





Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald/ photo



Don’t miss Regina Carter with Xavier Davis at this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival’s “Rise Up Detroit” on September 1st. For more information go to




Bennie Maupin, multi-reedist


Bennie Maupin / Photo:  Jazz Multi-Reedist.jpeg



Considered one of the most significant artists in contemporary Jazz. Bennie Maupin is known as a Jazz multi-reed player who plays a variety of reed instruments including various saxophones, flutes and clarinets. He was born in Detroit on August 29,1940, and made his mark as a major contributor to music known as fusion in the late 1960s and 1970s.



The fusion movement “infused” traditional Jazz with elements of rock, blues, funk, world music and other contemporary genres of the period. He is most noted for his work with Herbie Hancock in the 1970’s as a member of his “Headhunters” band as well as his participation in his “Mwandishi” sextet. Over the years he recorded more an thirteen albums with Herbie Hancock.



He also played on Miles Davis’s ground-breaking album “Bitches Brew” and several other albums with Miles which are considered some of the most important albums Miles made. These include such modern Jazz classics as Tribute to Jack Johnson, On the Corner, and Big Fun.



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Bennie Maupin on ECM records / Photo:



Other musicians he collaborated with include such luminaries as Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Woody Shaw and Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Henderson and many others.








One of my favorite Bennie Maupin recordings and one of his most respected albums is “Jewel in the Lotus” (ECM) from 1974.







Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.





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