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Regina Carter named 2017 JJA Jazz Award - Violinist/Violist/Cellist of the Year

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The winners of the 21st annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards have been announced. Professional Journalist Members of the JJA made open nominations in a first selection round; those who received the most nominations advanced to the final ballot.

Congratulations Regina Carter on being named 2017 JJA Jazz Award - Violinist/Violist/Cellist of the Year. For Sony Masterworks artist Regina Carter, the violin isn't simply an improvisational vehicle; it's a passport to unexpected realms. It's a Rosetta Stone that unlocks the doors to a myriad of cultures, sounds, and worlds apart. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Regina their prestigious MacArthur fellowship "genius grant". San Francisco Performances also took note of Regina's exceptional work and appointed her Artist-in-Residence for five years.  She also served as one of the Resident Artistic Directors for the discerning SFJAZZ during its inaugural season in its spectacular new home.