Terri Lyne Carrington
|Terri Lyne Carrington|
August 4, 1965|
Medford, Massachusetts, United States
|Labels||Concord Jazz, E1, Video Arts, Verve Forecast, ACT, GrooveJazz Media|
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.
Carrington also serves as Artistic Director of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.
Carrington was born on August 4, 1965 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. 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.
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).
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. 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.
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, 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
|1989||Grammy Awards||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|
- 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)
- John Beasley: Change of Heart (1993)
- David Benoit: Letter to Evan (1992)
- Doky Brothers: Doky Brothers, Vol. 1 & 2 (1995, 1997)
- Niels Lan Doky: The Truth - Live at Montmartre (1988), Daybreak (1989)
- George Duke: In a Mellow Tone (2006)
- Robin Eubanks: Different Perspectives (JMT, 1989)
- Herbie Hancock: Gershwin's World (1998), Future 2 Future - Live (DVD, 2002)
- Diana Krall: The Girl in the Other Room (2004)
- Eric Marienthal: Crossroads (1990)
- Mulgrew Miller: Work! (1986)
- James Moody: Moody's Birthday Celebration: Live at the Blue Note (1995), Moody Plays Mancini (1997)
- Nguyen Le: Purple – Celebrating Jimi Hendrix (2002)
- Greg Osby: Greg Osby and Sound Theatre (1987)
- John Patitucci: Sketchbook (1990)
- Danilo Perez: PanaMonk (1996)
- Rufus Reid Trio: Seven Minds (1985)
- Dianne Reeves: I Remember (1991), Art & Survival (1993), Quiet After the Storm (1994), That Day (1997), Music for Lovers (2007), Beautiful Life (2014)
- Scott Robinson: Winds of Change (1986)
- Michele Rosewoman: Quintessence (1987)
- Patrice Rushen: Anything but Ordinary (1994)
- Diane Schuur: Friends for Schuur (2000)
- John Scofield: Flat Out (1988)
- Wayne Shorter: Joy Ryder (1988), Alegría (2003)
- Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (2010), Radio Music Society (2012)
- Nino Tempo: Live at Cicada (1995)
- Gary Thomas: Till We Have Faces (JMT, 1992), Exile's Gate (JMT, 1993)
- Gust William Tsilis: Heritage (1992)
- Cassandra Wilson: Blue Skies (1988), Glamoured (2003)
- Michael Wolff: 2 AM (1996)
- Rachel Z: Room of One's Own (1996)
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