OK Mozart Festival to Showcase Standout Female Jazz Musicians

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Thursday June 07, 2012


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 to Al Jarreau and David Sanborn.

Carrington was a member of the studio band for Arsenio Hall’s talk show as well as the Quincy Jones-produced TV series “Vibe.”

Then there is her career as a leader for such endeavors as “The Mosaic Project,” her most recent release that earlier this year won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

“Yeah, I’ve pretty much made a career without doing a lot of solos,” Carrington said with a chuckle. “In recordings, I tend to be more understated in what I do because I like that classic sound. Live, the drums are really upfront. I like to call it ‘seductive aggression.’ I’m more about drawing the listener in than getting in their faces.

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