GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader 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 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, Carrington 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 ‘80s 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 ‘90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad.
To download a full artist biography click HERE and please visit the DOWNLOADS tab for additional program information.
Oct 17th 2015
Cayenne, French Guiana
The Kayenn Jazz Festival
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project
Nov 5th 2015 Get Info / Tickets
Washington, DC USA
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project featuring Valerie Simpson and Jaguar Wright
Nov 6th 2015 Get Info / Tickets
Cape May, NJ USA
Exit 0 International Jazz Festival
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project: Love & Soul featuring Valerie Simpson and Jaguar Wright
Nov 14th 2015
Blue Bell, PA USA
Science Center Theater
Terri Lyne Carrington's Money Jungle
Nov 21st 2015 Get Info / Tickets
Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project: Love & Soul
Nov 23rd 2015 Get Info / Tickets
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project: Love & Soul
Nov 24th 2015 Get Info / Tickets
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project: Love & Soul
Jan 14th 2016
Panama City, Panama
City of Knowledge Central Quadrangle
Panama Jazz Festival
Please contact your region’s tour coordinator with any marketing questions
Biography (2015): Download (pdf)
From New Pittsburgh Courier Jazz meets soul on Carrington’s ‘Mosaic Project: Love and Soul’ CD By: Genea L. Webb It took Terri Lyne Carrington 18 months to record the music that was floating around in her head. “I had to take time with the CD and get out what I was hearing,” said Carrington, a Grammy Award winning drummer, composer...
Posted Sep 29th, 2015
From The Boston Herald Women in spotlight at Beantown Jazz fest By: Jed Gottlieb Men still monopolize jazz. But Berklee College of Music professor and master drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has done her best to pound some sense into the genre. At this year’s Beantown Jazz Festival, Carrington will pound some more. The Medford native and the fest’s artistic director...
Posted Sep 24th, 2015
From The ARTery Longtime Beantown Jazz Fest Director Carrington Is Bringing Her Own Band This Year By: Jeremy D. Goodwin Terri Lyne Carrington says she didn’t deliberately set out to feature rising female artists when she put together the lineup for the 15th annual Beantown Jazz Festival. But if that’s the end result, so be it — it does fit...
Posted Sep 24th, 2015
From San Diego County News ‘The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL’ CD Highlights Penetrating and Engaging Music Composition Genius of Terri Carrington By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK – GRAMMY winning drummer, composer, and producer, Terri Lyne Carrington, in all of her abundance of originality, scope, and talents, has no rivals when it comes to composing music to fit the...
Posted Aug 20th, 2015
From The New York Times Review: Terri Lyne Carrington’s ‘Mosaic Project’ Sequel By Nate Chinen A few years ago, the drummer, bandleader, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington won her first Grammy, for best jazz vocal album. The album was “The Mosaic Project” (Concord Jazz), which highlighted a regal procession of guest talent — heavy-gauge jazz singers like Carmen Lundy,...
Posted Aug 13th, 2015
From Classicalite Terri Lyne Carrington, ‘The Mosaic Project: Love And Soul,’ Concord Records (REVIEW) By Mike Greenblatt Terri Lyne Carrington had a problem. How do you possibly follow up The Mosaic Project, the 2011 Grammy Award winner for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”? That CD featured the cream of the female instrumental and vocal crop. Her answer is to continue to...
Posted Aug 12th, 2015
With all due respect for the artist’s intentions, the most obvious talking point of Terri Lyne Carrington’s new album might also be its most insignificant. Rather than noting that “The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul” features an exclusive cast of female singers and musicians, it’s more apt to say it just happens to be an all-star affair made up of...
Posted Aug 7th, 2015
Lately, Carrington’s been working on something called The Mosaic Project. Her first iteration of the project, back in 2011, featured female jazz singers backed by an all-woman band. That album won a Grammy. The second installment, subtitled Love and Soul, comes out Aug. 7, and while it includes another all-star group of female musicians, she says it has a “different...
Posted Aug 3rd, 2015
From Jazz Police By Ken Vermes Terri Lyne Carrington and the Mosaic Project at SFJAZZ Terri Lyne Carrington may be one of the few women drummers leading a band in today’s jazz world, but she is not unnoticed or unloved. At SFJAZZ on February 14, Valentine’s Day, the Grammy-winning leader of the Mosaic Project received the love and admiration of...
Posted Feb 23rd, 2015
From The Georgia Straight By Alexander Varty It’s easy to see why Terri Lyne Carrington cites Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Jack DeJohnette as her primary mentors. Like DeJohnette, she’s honed her technique on the drums to the point where her playing is more about manipulating energy than keeping a beat. And like all three of those older musicians, she...
Posted Feb 11th, 2015
From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Drums run in the family for Terri Lyne Carrington By Rick Nowlin To many, especially in the jazz world, a female drummer might be considered an anomaly. While not ignoring that, Terri Lyne Carrington is trying to move forward. “Socially it’s a little … odd, but that’s been changing for the last 20 years,” she says. “I...
Posted Oct 30th, 2014
From The Boston Globe Terri Lyne Carrington drums up some interest in music By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein Celebrated jazz drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington paid a visit Friday to Smith Leadership Academy, a charter school in Dorchester, where she spoke to an assembly of students about her life and career. The Medford native’s personal story is nothing...
Posted Apr 14th, 2014
From Recordnet.com Support group: Musician always there to lend a hand By Tony Sauro Terri Lyne Carrington has spent most of her jazz career supporting and mentoring other musicians. She’s a Grammy Award-winning drummer – though she resists the “woman-drummer” label – and a professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. So, it’s completely logical that she’d refer to her...
Posted Mar 28th, 2014
From WickedLocal.com West Medford native Terri Lyne Carrington wins second Grammy By Victoria Rathsmill One West Medford native has recently made history. In January, jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington took home the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, becoming the first woman to ever receive the award in this category. This is her second Grammy win and third nomination. Carrington...
Posted Mar 19th, 2014
From WBUR Terri Lyne Carrington Wins Second Grammy Terri Lyne Carrington is a rarity in jazz — she’s a female drummer. She’s also one of the best drummers in the world, and last night, she took home the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for her Duke Ellington tribute, “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Meghna Chakrabarti profiled Carrington...
Posted Jan 28th, 2014
From NPR Terri Lyne Carrington On JazzSet By Becca Pulliam Money Jungle has a story. One day in 1962, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach recorded an album and gave it that provocative title. The repertoire was new blues by Ellington, who was in his 60s, while Roach and Mingus were each about 40. As George Wein wrote in...
Posted Sep 27th, 2013
From Music & Musicians Musician, composer, professor—for this busy drummer, the beat never stops By: Jeff Tamarkin Hearing Terri Lyne Carrington rattle off the list of artists she’s drummed with is jaw-dropping: Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Carlos Santana, for starters. These giants and scores more of their stature seek her out for...
Posted Aug 15th, 2013
From South China Morning Post Blue Notes: Reinterpreting Duke Ellington’s ‘Money Jungle’ By: Robin Lynam Composer-bandleader Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was famously reluctant to fire his musicians. He was generally able to make an unwelcome player feel sufficiently uncomfortable to quit of his own accord, but occasionally he had to ask the musician to leave. This was the case with...
Posted Apr 11th, 2013
from The Revivalist Terri Lyne Carrington Presents Money Jungle at Dizzy’s Interview by: Eric Sandler Fresh off of her Grammy-award winning ‘Mosaic Project,’ Terri Lyne Carrington went straight back into the studio to create another project of equal quality and substance. ‘Money Jungle’ was originally recorded in 1962 by Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Just over 50 years...
Posted Mar 26th, 2013
The Guardian Terri Lyne Carrington: Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue – review By: John Fordham Drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy for her 2011 album The Mosaic Project, and though its successor features fewer star guests and its idiomatic range is narrower, it’s just as elegantly constructed and dynamically performed. Carrington crafts jazz materials with the expertise...
Posted Mar 15th, 2013
From Oregon Music News Portland Jazz Festival 2013: Q&A with Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington By: Jeff Melton Terri Lyne Carrington returns with the ACS trio (including pianist Geri Allen and bassist Esperanza Spalding) to Portland this weekend. As a composer and educator and repeat Grammy award winner for her album, Mosaic, she has made a name for herself with the...
Posted Feb 25th, 2013
-From Huffington Post_ Review: Carrington’s ‘Money Jungle’ a fresh take By: Charles E. Gans Producer Terri Lyne Carrington follows up her Grammy-winning, all-female “The Mosaic Project” by offering a fresh take on the classic trio recording “Money Jungle” – the session released 50 years ago that teamed pianist Duke Ellington, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach. Some of the...
Posted Feb 15th, 2013
From Blogcritics Music Review: Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue By: Phillip Barnett It can be difficult to pay musical homage to a legend, particularly one as towering as Duke Ellington. How do you interpret the music in a fresh way, preventing the music from sounding stale, while keeping the original spirit intact? This challenge is tackled...
Posted Feb 8th, 2013
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue Terri Lyne Carrington (February 5, 2013 – Concord Records) In 1962, Duke Ellington recorded a trio date with bassist Charlie Mingus and drummer Max Roach that is today considered one of the pivotal jazz recordings of the 1960s. Money Jungle, the 1963 album that emerged from the session, was – among other things – a...
Posted Feb 5th, 2013
From WRTI Zivit Recommends: The Mosaic Project By Zivit Shlank Drummer, composer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has been on the scene for over 20 years, and her interpretation of jazz has always blurred the alleged boundaries of the genre. She’s a self-proclaimed jazz head who creates complexly evocative melodies and harmonies cross-bred with funk, soul, and pop elements....
Posted Jan 17th, 2013
from tulsaworld.com OK Mozart Festival to Showcase Standout Female Jazz Musicians By: James D. Watts Jr. One thing you’ll rarely hear on a recording by Terri Lyne Carrington is a drum solo. What makes that unusual is that Carrington is herself a drummer, one who has worked with most of the stars of modern jazz, from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock...
Posted Jun 7th, 2012
from wbur.org Visionaries: Terri Lyne Carrington, Jazz Prodigy By:Meghna Chakrabarti BOSTON — Terri Lyne Carrington was a prodigy. She was born in 1965 to a musical family in Medford. Her grandfather, Matt Carrington, was a Boston session drummer who played with Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. He died before Terri Lyne was born. But his drums stayed in her family’s...
Posted Apr 24th, 2012
Congratulations to Terri Lyne Carrington and everyone involved in making the her album “The Mosaic Project” this years Grammy winner for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” You can see who Terri Lyne was up against and the winners of the other categories here
Posted Feb 12th, 2012
from cnn.com Terri Lyne Carrington on her Grammy-nominated album, ‘The Mosaic Project’ By:Pat St. Claire She’s a drummer, a producer, a vocalist and a mom. Terri Lyne Carrington knows a lot about transformation. In fact, “Transformation” is the title of the first track on Carrington’s Grammy-nominated CD, “The Mosaic Project.” The vocals on the track “Transformation” are performed by Nona...
Posted Feb 10th, 2012
Today, Terri Lyne Carrington released an official video for her song “Unconditional Love”. You can watch the video below.
Posted Jan 2nd, 2012
_from bostonglobe.com Jazz comes first for all-female Mosaic Project By: Siddhartha Mitter It shouldn’t be this way, but it’s still the case that when a jazz group forms in which all the players are women, that fact attracts at least as much notice as the music they perform. It’s unavoidable: all-women groups remain rare in a jazz world where most...
Posted Dec 9th, 2011
from Dagbladet Kultur For få kvinner i jazzen? Ja, men når noen av de beste samles, blir det sterk musikk av det By Terje Mosnes Det amerikanske trommeesset Terri Lyne Carrington (46) har spilt med «alle» og for lengst vist kvaliteter som har gjort henne til en høyt respektert musiker. Da hun samlet et par håndfuller medsøstre til «The Mosaic...
Posted Sep 29th, 2011
From guardian.co.uk Review: Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project By: John Fordham Anyone who caught American drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s performance at the recent Barbican show featuring Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright will want to check out this star-packed session. Like the Barbican gig, its focus is women’s jazz-making. Here, however, there is a much bigger cast, including...
Posted Jul 22nd, 2011
From USA Today Terri Lyne Carrington’s beautiful ‘Mosaic’ By Steve Jones Considering how much men dominate the jazz world, drummer Carrington’s Mosaic would be noteworthy just for its all-female assemblage of talent. But what the 21 stellar musicians and vocalists have accomplished is a soulful, moving work that would stand out regardless of the artists’ gender. Carrington has blended the...
Posted Jul 19th, 2011
*TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON’S MUCH ANTICIPATED “THE MOSAIC PROJECT” RELEASED TODAY* Hebert-Carrington Media co-founder Terri Lyne Carrington today continues her visionary musical odyssey by way of The Mosaic Project (Carrington’s fifth album overall and her first on Concord Jazz), her ambitious cross genre production featuring some of the world’s top musicians. The veteran producer and composer is joined by Esperanza Spalding,...
Posted Jul 19th, 2011
From NPR Nine Women In The Room: A Jazz Musicians’ Roundtable By: Tom Cole Over the summer, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington brought together some pretty high-profile musicians from all over the world to record The Mosaic Project: pianists Geri Allen, Helen Sung, and Patrice Rushen; bassists Esperanza Spalding and Mimi Jones; percussionist Sheila E.; woodwind players Anat Cohen and Tineke...
Posted Nov 1st, 2010
Concord Music Group
Carrington plays drums like she’s forcing all the world’s chaos into cool syncopation.
If Mosaic Project and now Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue speak to the creativity that bubbles just beneath her surface at this stage in her career, then the world had better pay attention.
This significant addition to Carrington’s body of work has the overall feel of a tapestry that affirms life through weaving arrangements containing blues, jazz, fusion, Afro-Cuban and even world music approaches.
NY Daily News
One of the most impressive releases to look forward to in the coming year.
It’s one of those records where funk and rock and jazz are one, where the point is to stop thinking about style and start by focusing on groove.
NPR A Blog Supreme
…multifaceted characteristics, which sublimely mingle the acoustic with the electric and various idioms and genres, the disc boasts a consistency and durable compositions for the musicians to truly delve inside rather than skate lightly above.