Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington
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Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington
Sing The Truth musical director Terri Lyne Carrington at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
By Ken Franckling
Terri Lyne Carrington in performance at the 2014 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
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Drummer, composer, producer and clinician. Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.

After studying under full scholarship at Berklee, with the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne moved to New York in 1983. For 5 years she was a much in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late 80's she 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 90's as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, "VIBE," hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, Ms. Carrington released a Grammy nominated debut CD entitled "Real Life Story," which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Greg Osby, Don Alias and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s "Jazz is a Spirit," which features Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, and Bob Hurst, and 2004's "Structure," a cooperative group which features Adam Rogers, Jimmy Haslip and Greg Osby. Both CDs were released on the Europe-based ACT Music label, and enjoyed considerable media attention and critical acclaim in the European and Japanese markets.

Her production collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, "Always Reach for Your Dreams," (featuring Peabo Bryson), and her production of the Dianne Reeves Grammy-nominated CD, “That Day," which hovered at the top of the music charts for many months.

Terri Lyne has played on many recordings throughout the 80's and 90's thru today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock's Grammy winning CD "Gershwin's World" where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured with each of Mr. Hancock's musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) over the last 10 years and is featured on his "Future2Future" DVD.

After a hiatus from the U.S. recording scene as a solo recording artist, in 2008 Terri Lyne will be returning with "More To Say... (Real Life Story: NextGen)." She performs with friends and
colleagues with whom she has been working with in her 20-year-plus career. Joining Carrington for the meticulously produced More to Say is an impressive all-star cast of jazz and
contemporary jazz instrumentalists, including George Duke, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Haslip, Greg Phillingaines, Gregoire Maret, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Patrice Rushen, Robert Irving III (who also serves as co-producer), Chuck Loeb, Tineke Postma, Ray Fuller, Dwight Sills, Anthony Wilson, and a special appearance by her dad, Sonny Carrington, on tenor. In addition, Carrington collaborates with esteemed vocalist Nancy Wilson for the song, “Imagine


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Articles on Terri Lyne Carrington

11/30/15    News    By JazzTimes

Terri Lyne Carrington Named Monterey’s 2016 Artist-In-Residence

11/30/15    Artist's Choice    By Terri Lyne Carrington

Artist's Choice: Terri Lyne Carrington on "Vocalists Who Influenced My Drumming"

10/15/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
Terri Lyne Carrington

10/07/15    JT Video Premieres    By JazzTimes

JT Video Premiere: Terri Lyne Carrington's "So Good" (Amazing)"

03/28/14    Photos    By Wilbert Sostre

Photos from the 2014 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest

07/01/13    Photos    By Greg Aiello

Photo Gallery: Wayne Shorter at Town Hall, NYC, June 28

05/08/13    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue
Terri Lyne Carrington

12/11/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Terri Lyne Carrington to Release New Ellington Tribute Album in Feb.

07/30/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jack DeJohnette Tribute Concert Coming to Woodstock

12/05/11    Features    By Bob Blumenthal

Terri Lyne Carrington: Sophisticated Lady

10/04/11    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Mosaic Project
Terri Lyne Carrington

10/03/11    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Where Are the Female Jazz Critics?

07/27/11    News    By Cathy Passeri

Kennedy Center Releases CD from Mary Lou Williams Tribute Show

07/24/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Tanglewood Jazz Festival Tickets on Sale

05/03/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Esperanza Spalding to Open for Prince in LA

11/02/10    Before & After    By Larry Appelbaum

Terri Lyne Carrington: Analytic Listening

December 2009    Currents    By Brian Soergel

More to Say
Terri Lyne Carrington

December 2009    Currents    By Brian Soergel

More to Say
Terri Lyne Carrington

11/23/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Panama Jazz Festival, Under Direction of Danilo Perez, Announces Lineup for 2010

10/28/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Pitt Jazz Seminar & Concert Set For November 3-7

09/24/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

09/22/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Full Swing in Boston

January/February 2009    News    By Don Heckman

Monk Institute Saxophone Competition

05/28/08    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

November 2007    Features    By Josef Woodard

Do The Write Thing: Drummer-Composers Trade Their Sticks for Pens

September 2004    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Terri Lyne Carrington/Adam Rogers/Jimmy Haslip/Greg Osby

08/23/04    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2004

02/08/04    Concerts    By John Murph

Cassandra Wilson at the Kennedy Center

01/20/04    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Barbados Jazz Festival 2004

05/25/03    Concerts    By John Schu

Greg Osby in Germany

May 2003    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Jazz Is a Spirit
Terri Lyne Carrington

05/18/01    Concerts    By Bill Bennett

Julian Priester Benefit




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