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Regina Carter brings 'Simply Ella' to Naperville's Wentz Concert Hall / Chicago Tribune

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A violinist at the top of her game takes on the works of a jazz giant when Regina Carter presents "Simply Ella" at North Central College in Naperville, Feb. 24 at Wentz Concert Hall. To mark the 100th birthday of a musical legend, Carter released "Ella: Accentuate the Positive" in 2017, celebrating the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.

Growing up in Detroit, Carter was influenced at a young age by Ella Fitzgerald. "I've been a huge fan of Ella since I was a kid," she said. "There were so many records that we had and so much music playing in our house when I was growing up, the first time I put on Ella was just a record laying around, basically. I put it on and I was immediately drawn to her. And of course as an adult, recognizing what an incredible musician she was. And almost every jazz project, I recorded one of her tunes that she had recorded. So with last year being her 100th birthday, I wanted to do a whole record, a tribute to her. But I knew that probably a lot of musicians would do Ella tributes. There's so much music she recorded, and not all of her work is really well-known, so I decided to do a B-side project."

READ THE FULL Naperville Sun - Chicago Tribune ARTICLE. Annie Alleman is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.