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Carla Cook and Regina Carter Perform Together For The First Time

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Detroit Divas Whip Up Recipes for Scintillating Jazz
Special One-Night Only Concert
April 30, 2004, 8:00 PM


Back in Detroit, after they met in 9th grade Spanish class, Carla Cook introduced Regina Carter to jazz and a best friendship was born. Today, each of these talented women has made tremendous waves in the jazz world, one for her soulful singing and the other for her dexterity on the violin. They have journeyed through their professional careers together as well as their personal lives, but ironically, these old friends have never played on the same bill. On Friday, April 30 at 8:00 pm, history will be made as The Town Hall presents for the first time together on the same stage these two childhood chums as they fuse their musical talents and create an electrifying evening of jazz. This unique performance is a real find and is guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening.

The rising star of each of these ladies is unmistakable. Fresh from fall 2003 performances at Lincoln Center and Blue Note, Carla Cook is blazing musical trails. Regina Carter is enjoying wild success and played Lincoln Center, Birdland and Carnegie Hall at the end of 2003. But now at Town Hall can you see them together! Tickets are $35 and $30, available through TicketMaster 212-307-4100 and at the Town Hall Box Office 212-840-2824.

Carla Cook is a real presence. Many recognize her as a powerful yet eclectic vocalist who fully understands the fundamentals of jazz. Her stylings are truly versatile and evoke gospel, soul, big band, popular, bossa nova, classical, country, R&B and the Motown Sound of her roots. Her vocals blend bluesy timbres with peaks of honeyed brightness and smooth, warm textures. A true improviser, her notes are radiant and rich, with a range beyond many of her contemporaries. Cook has a real command over her music, and her scatting is nothing short of magic. She has opened for such greats as Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin and BB Shorter and played in legendary venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note and Iridium Jazz Club. Her MAXJAZZ debut CD Its All About Love was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and was also nominated for Best Recording Debut by the Jazz Journalist Association, and received the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal. Her second release Dem Bones was highly regarded as having the potential of the minor classic and her recent release Simply Natural continues to receive critical acclaim.

No doubt Cook is rising to the forefront of young jazz vocalists.

Regina Carter combines dazzling technical proficiency, profound compositional gifts with a fresh, aggressive approach. In her hands, the violin reveals both its melodic side and its potential for percussive expression. Trained originally as a classical violinist, she switched to jazz late in her high school years, and today her music is infused with the multicultural influences of classical, Motown, funk, Afro-Cuban grooves, Delta blues and old jazz standards. Her non-traditional approach ranges from the delightfully melodic to the intensely percussive and with each stroke of the strings the violin speaks with a rapturous beauty only found in her skilled hands. Her Verve debut Rhythms of the Heart won critically acclaim and was chosen as one of Times top ten recordings of 1999. Her follow-up, Motor City Moments celebrated the music of her hometown Detroit and signified the next stage of Carters maturing career as one of jazzs brightest young stars. In December 2001 she became the only jazz musician and African American woman - invited to Genoa to play the famed Guarneri del Gesu violin owned by Maestro Nicolo Paganini. Inspired by that experience, her April 2003 release, Paganini: After A Dream, is still making an indelible mark on the jazz world.

Tickets $35 & $30 available through TicketMaster, 212-307-4100, or The Town Hall Box Office, 212-840-2824.


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