CAU Guild Announces Featured Artist for 26th Annual Jazz Under the Stars Scholarship Benefit Concert


ATLANTA, GA – April 16, 2019 – The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Guild presents its 26th Annual Jazz Under the Stars Scholarship Benefit Concert Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. as jazz violinist Regina Carter takes to the open-air stage on the University’s Harkness Quadrangle.  Admission to the annual event, held rain or shine, commences at 6 p.m.

Regina Carter is a renown, award-winning musician. San Francisco Performances appointed her as its program Artist-in-Residence for five years. She also served as one of the Resident Artistic Directors for the SFJAZZ Center during its inaugural season.

During her travels to Genoa, Italy in 2003, Carter made history as the first jazz musician and African American to play the Guarneri Del Gesu violin. The album I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006) became a powerful and heartfelt tribute to her late mother; that same year, Carter was named a MacArthur Fellow for Music and Performance.  Reverse Thread (2010) and Southern Comfort (2014), drawing ties between her own African heritage and her family’s history.

Her most recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive (2017), celebrates the music and spirit of her inspiration, musical legend Ella Fitzgerald.

In 2018, the acclaimed violinist won a Doris Duke Artist Award, and was appointed as the Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals. Carter was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Improvised Solo for “Some Of That Sunshine.”

Individual tickets to the concert are $75; tables are available for $750. Proceeds from the concert benefit deserving performing arts students at the University.  The CAU Guild, comprising many of the metro-Atlanta area’s most prominent female civic and professional leaders, has raised more than $2 million to support aspiring young artists since 1992.  Platinum sponsors include the Atlanta Voice, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Delta Air Lines and Jazz 91.9FM WCLK, Atlanta’s Jazz Station.

Click here to purchase tickets to Jazz Under the Stars, which also features a silent auction, or call 404-880-8892. For corporate tables, contact

About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. Visit  to learn more about Clark Atlanta University.