Terri Lyne Carrington

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Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer/producer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in many publications such as People, EBONY, and Modern Drummer magazines. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington worked as an in-demand musician in New York City, and later moved to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for both the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show, hosted by Sinbad.

 

In 1989, Ms. Carrington released a GRAMMY®-nominated debut CD on Verve Forecast, Real Life Story, featuring Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Patrice Rushen, and Grover Washington, Jr. In 2011 she released the GRAMMY®Award-winning album, The Mosaic Project and 2013, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, which also earned a GRAMMY®Award, establishing her as the first woman ever to win in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.

 

In 2003, Ms. Carrington received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music and was appointed professor at the college in 2005, where she currently serves as founder and artistic director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. She also serves as artistic director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, co-curator for BAMS Fest and co-artistic director of The Carr Center, Detroit, MI.

 

To date Ms. Carrington has performed on over 100 recordings and has been a role model and advocate for young women and men internationally through her teaching and touring careers. She has worked extensively with luminary artists such as Al Jarred  Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, James Moody, Yellowjackets and Esperanza Spalding, but has particularly had a long-standing affiliation with jazz icons, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Ms. Carrington’s 2016 release, The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL, featured performances of iconic vocalists Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, and her current band, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science (a collaboration with Aaron Parks and Matthew Stevens) will debut their album, Waiting Game, November 8, 2019 on Motema Music.

Bio (Short,178 words)

 

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer/producer Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career as a “kid wonder” while studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the mid '80’s she worked as an in-demand drummer in New York before gaining national recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for both the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show. Her 2011 album, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, established her as the first woman ever to win a GRAMMY®in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. She has performed on over 100 recordings and has worked extensively with luminary artists: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, and Esperanza Spalding. Her current band project, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, will release their first album, Waiting Game, in November, 2019 on Motema Music. Additionally, Ms. Carrington is an honorary doctorate recipient from Berklee, and currently serves as founder and artistic director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

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