Terri Lyne Carrington
born on 4/8/1965 in Medford, MA, United States
Terri Lyne Carrington
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.
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 Stan Getz, James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn, and others.
In the late 1980s Carrington relocated 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 included Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Helen Sung, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Patrice Rushen, Tineke Postma, Ingrid Jensen, Nona Hendryx, Everette Harp, Greg Phillinganes, Robert Irving III, Dwight Sills, Gary Thomas, Aruan Ortiz, Mats Sandahl, Jonathan Asperil, Josh Harri, Nêgah Santos, Andrew Marzotto and Munyungo Jackson in her band configurations. In summer 2011, she appeared with Wayne Shorter (with John Patitucci and Danilo Perez) in South America, and is the Musical Director of the international "Sing the Truth" Tour, featuring 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 CD featuring Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington, Jr., Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Hiram Bullock, Patrice Rushen, Osby, and Dianne Reeves, Jazz is a Spirit, her 2002 European CD featuring Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks and Gary Thomas, and Structure, her 2004 European CD with Jimmy Haslip, Osby and Adam Rogers. Also, after a 20-year hiatus from U.S. recording, Carrington released the 2009 CD More to Say ... Real Life Story: NextGen, a sequel to her Real Life Story CD. The album features Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Christian McBride, Jimmy Haslip, Greg Phillinganes, Robert Irving III, Patrice Rushen, Chuck Loeb, Walter Beasley, Anthony Wilson, Lawrence Fields, Ray Fuller, Dwight Sills, Lori Perry and Chris Walker, with a special appearance by Sonny Carrington. Most of the 15 tracks on the CD are written or co-written by Carrington. In 2011 The Mosaic Project, her fifth album overall and her first on Concord Jazz, which featured a number of singers including Shea Rose, was released. It won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Carrington's 2013 release, Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, featured covers of songs from Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach's 1962 album, Money Jungle, and won her the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. She is the first female artist 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.
- 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) *Grammy Winner
- Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (Concord Jazz, 2013) *Grammy Winner
- The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (Concord/Universal, 2015)
- John Beasley: Change of Heart (1993)
- Doky Brothers: Doky Brothers, Vol. 1 & 2 (1995, 1997)
- Robin Eubanks: Different Perspectives (JMT, 1989)
- Herbie Hancock: Gershwin's World (1998), Future 2 Future - Live (DVD, 2002)
- Niels Lan Doky: The Truth - Live at Montmartre (1988), Daybreak (1989)
- Eric Marienthal: Crossroads (1990)
- Mulgrew Miller: Work! (1986)
- Scott Robinson: Winds of Change (1986)
- James Moody: Moody's Birthday Celebration: Live at the Blue Note (1995), Moody Plays Mancini (1997)
- Greg Osby: Greg Osby and Sound Theatre (JMT, 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)
- Michele Rosewoman: Quintessence (1987)
- Patrice Rushen: Anything but Ordinary (1994)
- John Scofield: Flat Out (1988)
- Wayne Shorter: Joy Ryder (1988), Alegría (2003)
- Gust William Tsilis: Heritage (1992)
- David Benoit: Letter to Evan (1992)
- Nino Tempo: Live at Cicada (1995)
- Gary Thomas: Till We Have Faces (JMT, 1992), Exile's Gate (JMT, 1993)
- Michael Wolff: 2 AM (1996)
- Rachel Z: Room of One's Own (1996)
- Cassandra Wilson: Blue Skies (1988), Glamoured (2003)
- Nguyen Le: Purple – Celebrating Jimi Hendrix (2002)
- George Duke: In A Mellow Tone (2006)
- Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (2010), Radio Music Society (2012)
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- Blumenthal, Bob. "Terri Lyne Carrington: Sophisticated Lady", JazzTimes, 5 December 2011. Retrieved on 8 February 2014.
- "Ben Williams - State Of Art". Mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
- "And The GRAMMY Went To ... Terri Lyne Carrington", Grammy.com, 31 January 2014. Retrieved on 8 February 2014.
- "Welcome to Hebert Carrington Media". Hebert-carrington-media.com. 2011-07-19. Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
- Terri Lyne Carrington website