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Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

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Regina Carter's Reverse Thread: Newport Jazz 2011

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"The beauty was in the rawness," Regina Carter says of the field recordings that inspired her new album, Southern Comfort. David Katzenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Regina Carter's Jazz Genealogy

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The Kennedy Center honors Mary Lou Williams every year with the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, which showcases today's brightest female jazz artists. William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com hide caption

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Regina Carter in Concert on JazzSet 2007

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Jazz Violinist Regina Carter: 'I'll Be Seeing You'

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Regina Carter's Encounter with a 'Cannon'

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Paganini's Cannon

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Django Reinhardt lost two fingers in an accident, but developed a unique style around his disability. William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com hide caption

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Regina Carter On Piano Jazz

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