Terri Lyne Carrington

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Terri Lyne Carrington
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Background information
Born (1965-08-04) August 4, 1965 (age 53)
Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Jazz, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1983–present
Labels Concord Jazz, E1, Video Arts, Verve Forecast, ACT, GrooveJazz Media
Website www.terrilynecarrington.com

Terri Lyne Carrington (born August 4, 1965) is a jazz drummer, composer, singer, record producer and entrepreneur. She has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, and many others. She toured with each of Hancock's musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) between 1997 and 2007.

In 2007 she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, where she received an honorary doctorate in 2003. She has won three Grammy Awards.[1]

Carrington also serves as Artistic Director of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Early years[edit]

Carrington was born on August 4, 1965[2] in Medford, Massachusetts, United States, into a musical family: her mother played piano as a hobby and her father was a saxophonist and president of the Boston Jazz Society.[3][4] At the age of seven, Carrington was given a set of drums that had belonged to her grandfather, Matt Carrington, who had played with Fats Waller and Chu Berry. After studying privately for three years, she gave her first major performance at the Wichita Jazz Festival with Clark Terry. At the age of 11 she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. When she was 12 years old she was profiled on the PBS kids' biography program Rebop.

At Berklee College of Music she played with musicians such as Kevin Eubanks, Donald Harrison, and Greg Osby. She also studied under drum instructor Alan Dawson and made a private recording entitled TLC and Friends, with Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, George Coleman and her father.

Throughout high school she traveled across the country doing clinics at various schools and colleges.

Music career[edit]

Terri Lyne Carrington and Herbie Hancock

In 1983, encouraged by her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York, where she worked with Lester Bowie, Stan Getz, James Moody, David Sanborn, Pharoah Sanders, and Cassandra Wilson. In the late 1980s Carrington moved to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late-night TV as the house drummer for The Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late 1990s as the drummer on the late night TV show VIBE hosted by Sinbad. In 1996 she collaborated with Peabo Bryson on "Always Reach for Your Dreams", a song commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games.

As a bandleader, she has worked with, Geri Allen, Jonathan Asperil, James Genus, Everette Harp, Josh Harri, Bob Hurst, Nona Hendryx, Robert Irving III, Munyungo Jackson, Ingrid Jensen, Andrew Marzotto, Aruan Ortiz, Greg Phillinganes, Tineke Postma, Patrice Rushen, Mats Sandahl, Nêgah Santos, Dwight Sills, Esperanza Spalding, Helen Sung, and Gary Thomas,

In summer 2011, she appeared with Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez in South America. She was musical director of the Sing the Truth Tour with Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo (with Romero Lubambo, Geri Allen, James Genus, and Munyungo Jackson).[5]

As a recording artist, in 1988 Carrington started concentrating her efforts on writing and producing her own works, resulting in Real Life Story, her 1989 Grammy-nominated debut album with Gerald Albright, Hiram Bullock, Greg Osby, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, and Grover Washington Jr.; Jazz is a Spirit, her 2002 European album with Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks. Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, and Gary Thomas; and Structure, her 2004 European album with Greg Osby, Jimmy Haslip, and Adam Rogers.

After a 20-year hiatus from U.S. recording, Carrington released the 2009 album More to Say ... Real Life Story: NextGen, a sequel to Real Life Story. The album includes Walter Beasley, George Duke, Lawrence Fields, Ray Fuller, Everette Harp, Jimmy Haslip, Robert Irving III, Chuck Loeb, Christian McBride, Les McCann, Lori Perry, Greg Phillinganes, Patrice Rushen, Dwight Sills, Chris Walker, Kirk Whalum, Anthony Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and a special appearance by Sonny Carrington.

In 2011 The Mosaic Project, her fifth album and her first for Concord Jazz, which included Shea Rose, was released. It won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.[6] Carrington's 2013 album, Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, included covers of songs by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach's 1962 album, Money Jungle, and won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. She is the first female musician to win a Grammy in this category.[7]

Entrepreneur[edit]

As an entrepreneur, Carrington is a partner in Hebert-Carrington Media (HCM). Founded in 2007 and based in Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,[8] HCM's origins can be traced to the long-term relationships with company co-founder Robert A. Hebert, high-tech entrepreneurs Frank White, Jr. and Dr. Bernard Yaged, and media and communications advisor Don Lucoff of DL Media.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Work Award Result
1989 Grammy Awards[1] Real Life Story Best Jazz Fusion Performance Nominated
2011 Grammy Awards The Mosaic Project Best Jazz Vocal Album Won
2013 Grammy Awards Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue Best Jazz Instrumental Album Won
2014 Grammy Awards Beautiful Life (produced by Carrington) Best Jazz Vocal Album Won

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Real Life Story (Verve Forecast, 1989)
  • Jazz Is a Spirit (ACT, 2002)
  • Structure (ACT, 2004)
  • More to Say (Real Life Story: NextGen.) (E1 Entertainment, 2009)
  • The Mosaic Project (Concord Jazz, 2011)
  • Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (Concord Jazz, 2013)
  • The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (Concord/Universal, 2015)
  • Perfection (Murray Allen & Carrington Power Trio, Motéma, 2015)

As sidewoman[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/terri-lyne-carrington
  2. ^ "Terri Lyne Carrington @ All About Jazz". Musicians.allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Terri Lyne Carrington Biography". Musicianguide.com. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  4. ^ "thedrumdungeon.com". thedrumdungeon.com. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  5. ^ Blumenthal, Bob. "Terri Lyne Carrington: Sophisticated Lady", JazzTimes, 5 December 2011. Retrieved on 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Ben Williams - State Of Art". Mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  7. ^ "And The Grammy Went To ... Terri Lyne Carrington", Grammy.com, 31 January 2014. Retrieved on 8 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Welcome to Hebert Carrington Media". Hebert-carrington-media.com. 2011-07-19. Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 

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