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Regina Carter brings Ella to Jazz Standard / Zealnyc

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Last month, virtuoso violinist Regina Carter released her tenth album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, on SonyMusic Masterwork's imprint OKeh. It's not only a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald's in the centennial of her birth, but it's a personal homage to the First Lady of Song. "I love Ella," said Carter between her sound check and the first-night set of her lively and gracious four-night stand at NYC's Jazz Standard. "I've always loved her since I was a child. We had lots of music around the house. My brothers were listening to Motown, the Beatles and there was lots of jazz. But the first time I put on an Ella record, I felt that motherly love wrap around me. I loved the music because it I could go to another place. When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella's music."