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Terri Lyne Carrington Establishes “New Standards” on Several Fronts

The drummer's latest project, honoring 101 female composers, is a book, film, multimedia installation, and album—with more planned

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Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington (photo: Michael Goldman)

Long esteemed for her versatility, daring, and wide range of talents, Terri Lyne Carrington is outdoing herself with the release of her New Standards project in the fall.

Drummer and composer Carrington inaugurated the project on September 15 with the publication by Berklee Press of her sheet music collection New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers. The book features one composition each by 101 different composers, a wide-ranging assortment that includes works by Geri Allen, Melba Liston, Maria Schneider, Bria Skonberg, and Mary Lou Williams.

The 16th saw the release, on the recently revived Candid Records label, of the book’s companion piece: Carrington’s eleventh album, new STANDARDS vol. 1. The collection of 11 songs from the book features Carrington and her quintet along with nearly a dozen all-star special guests. It is only the first of a projected series, in which Carrington hopes to record new imaginings of all 101 of the compositions. (A double-vinyl version of the album is scheduled for a December 2 release.)

But why stop there? In October, Detroit’s Carr Center—an arts organization for which Carrington serves as artistic director—will feature her multimedia installation, again named “New Standards.” One of four sections of a full installation (“Shifting the Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice Installation”), it features music, sculpture, prints, collages, textiles, paintings, and a recipe.

It will also include two additional Carrington works: her children’s book Three of a Kind, a story designed to inspire girls and young women to play instruments, and a film (with Michael Goldman), once more titled New Standards, documenting the creation of the sheet music book and album.


The installation opens at the Carr Center on October 14.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.